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Swisslog acquires US automation specialist

07 April 2016

Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions has bought pallet shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) supplier Power Automation Systems (PAS).

Christian Baur, Swisslog CEO of Warehouse and Distribution Solutions said: “The acquisition of PAS allows Swisslog to expand our product portfolio and offerings with focus to the North American and APAC markets. As the leader in logistics automation, our goal was to offer our clients a new dimension of speed and storage density for pallet warehouses that handle a confined number of SKUs with high volume, not only in the green field, but also for existing buildings.” 

Headquartered in Lathrop, CA, the PAS office will immediately serve as the Swisslog Americas West Coast location. In addition, the acquisition is designed to further develop and expand Swisslog’s reach in North America, South America, Asia, and Australia toward end of production line ASRS applications for fast moving goods with a maximum degree of customer satisfaction.

PAS and Swisslog customers will remain top priority throughout the acquisition and leadership change.

“The combination of Swisslog and PAS will deliver benefits to our customers greater than the sum of our parts,” said Markus Schmidt, Senior Vice President, Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions Americas. Continued Schmidt, “Furthermore, Swisslog offers its world class service with our customer support team consisting of 24/7 help desk, remote system monitoring, on-site support, spare parts and system retrofit expansions, and modernisations, which will be of great benefit to PAS’s existing customers.”

Pat Mitchell, inventor, founder, and previous owner of PAS added: “Swisslog and PAS have partnered in the past to provide top notch automation solutions for clients such as Coca-Cola and Sutter Home (Trinchero Family Estates). I am proud that we have attracted Swisslog, a company with a great reputation and global size, so that the PAS solutions can grow to their full potential and expand on the leadership we’ve created."

Last year, Swisslog bought US automation provider FORTE Industries.