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KION steals the show at ProMat

KION Group is represented by five brands – Linde, Baoli, Dematic, Dematic Egemin and Dematic Retrotech.


April 3, 2017
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KION CEO Gordon Riske presents st ProMat, April 3, 2017.

Chicago, Illinois—With the largest booth space, multiple brands and product launches, the KION congolmerate dominates the ProMat show floor.

This is the first time KION is showcasing its offerings together with automation technology specialist Dematic, which the group acquired in November 2016.

KION Group is represented by five brands – Linde, Baoli, Dematic, Dematic Egemin and Dematic Retrotech.

KION North America announced the release of five new Linde and Baoli forklift trucks, developed specifically for the North American market.

Dematic’s range of products and services at ProMat includes an advanced operational “piece picking” robotics solutions powered by the Dematic iQ Warehouse Execution System, specifically designed for dynamic order fulfillment.

“We are proud to make a statement at ProMat this year by demonstrating our enhanced product offering across our brands,” said Gordon Riske, CEO of the KION Group.

“E-commerce is soaring and this requires increasingly digitized, automated and customized warehouse solutions. We are pioneering a new kind of company with a comprehensive offering, ranging from forklift trucks to fully automated supply chain solutions, that is built for the future of the material handling and supply chain challenges of our customers.”

“We are confident that companies will be very impressed when they see and experience the capabilities of KION North America and Dematic first-hand,” said Scott Watts, CEO of Dematic, North America.

“Our customers are looking for innovative ways to respond to the ever growing demands of today’s consumer. Our combination of best-in-class intelligent software and automation delivers unique, dynamic responsive order fulfillment solutions unmatched in the marketplace today.”

Vincent Halma, President and CEO of KION North America, added that this is a historic moment for KION North America. “The rate at which we’re releasing new products and services is truly unprecedented,” he said.

“Our goal is for Linde and Baoli to be household names in America the same way that they are already in much of the rest of the world. We make the world’s most innovative industrial trucks and we’re excited to reintroduce them to the North American market.”

The KION Group has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenue of around €5.8 billion in 2016.