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KUKA announces major contract for Swisslog from Almarai Food Group in Saudi Arbaia

Buchs/Aarau, 11 November 2015 – The Saudi food manufacturer Almarai has tasked Swisslog with automating its distribution logistics in Al Kharj. The automation projects, with an order volume of around 43 million euro, are to be implemented by the end of 2018.

11 November 2015

The Saudi Almarai group is one of the world’s largest milk processing companies and supplies juices, baked goods, poultry and baby food in addition to dairy products. This large-scale project represents a strategic reorientation of Almarai’s logistics and will accelerate the company’s logistics processes.

Warehousing and materials handling systems, software and system operation

The scope of supply includes rack feeders, conveyor systems, overhead conveyors, automatic truck loading systems and automatic order-picking modules. Warehouse management software based on the SAP warehouse management module EWM is being installed to control all goods movements. Dynamic simulation will enable the visualization and optimization of all data, from throughput of goods to system performance. The system operation service ensures smooth warehouse operation.

Tailor-made solutions for customers 

“The awarding of this contract shows that, thanks to our innovative solutions and dynamic network in the region, we have a custom-tailored answer to every requirement of our customers,” says Dr. Christian Baur, Chief Operating Officer of the Swisslog Group and Head of the Warehouse & Distribution Solutions Division (WDS). “The Middle East is an important growth market,” asserts Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “This contract is an important milestone for KUKA’s further growth in the region and confirmation of our diversification strategy.”