KION buys Retrotech

by MM&D Online Staff

Rochester, New York—The KION Group and its automation brand Egemin Automation are acquiring Retrotech, an established US systems integrator of warehouse and distribution solutions. The KION Group has signed an agreement to purchase the company, which is valued at around $40 million, with Savoye SA of France. The transaction is subject to the usual conditions precedent and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

Retrotech, based in Rochester, New York, provides a wide range of solutions for integrating and modernizing complex intralogistics systems. Retrotech specializes in systems design, customized warehouse control software and stacker crane modernization and retrofits to ensure that warehouse systems remain in good working order.

It has around 140 employees and generated revenue of approximately $70 million in 2015. Retrotech will be held by Egemin Group Inc, based in Holland, Michigan, and be an operative part of Egemin Automation. The Retrotech brand will be retained and continue to be used in the USA to represent high quality warehouse and distribution solutions.

“Retrotech, with its excellent reputation and industry-leading expertise in the integration of intralogistics systems, is the perfect complement to strengthen the automation solutions currently being supplied by our brand company Egemin Automation in the USA,” says Gordon Riske, CEO of the KION Group. “This deal is an important step on our journey to becoming a leading player in the fast-growing market for automated logistics and material flow systems. Automated intralogistics will play a crucial role in Industry 4.0, the digital transformation of manufacturing.”

Retrotech has customers in the food, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries as well as in e-commerce and retail. The company was founded in 1985 and initially focused on retrofitting hand pallet trucks and crane systems with automation solutions.

Retrotech project experience includes: green field systems and modernizations of existing automated material handling systems. Specific experience includes pallet and unit load ASRS, as well as case, tote and tray handling ASRS, WMS/WCS software, goods-to-person systems, cross-dock/consolidation processes, buffering systems, pallet and case conveying and sortation equipment, simulation/emulation capabilities, and 24/7 customer service availability.