Dematic Celebrates 200th Anniversary as a Leader in Supply Chain Logistics

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – June 27, 2019 — Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Dematic’s origins date back to 1819 when Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co was founded and produced the first steam-powered crane. Since that time, the spirit of innovation has remained. 

“Innovation is at the core of what we do,” said Hasan Dandashly, President and CEO, Dematic. “As our business grows in an increasingly digital world, we are focused on designing and implementing solutions combining the latest advancements in software, robotics and mechatronics to drive optimal performance. By focusing on the long-term needs of our customers, our innovative offerings have enabled us to be a market leader for not only decades, but centuries.” 

Dematic’s recent past traces back to 1995 when Mannesmann Demag, the world’s first complete supplier of intralogistics was formed. Ten years later, Dematic GmbH & Co. KG was established as its own enterprise focusing on automated storage for small parts. From cranes to a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services, Dematic has always remained at the forefront of the industry by focusing on the future. 

Dematic’s history in Asia Pacific began in 1967 when Colby Engineering was first set up in Australia, providing adjustable pallet racking. In 1971 MHE was established in Singapore and Malaysia and became an agent for Mannesmann Demag. The region's first semi-automated system was completed in Singapore in 1975, and its first Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) was installed in Malaysia in 1985, followed by country-first ASRS installations in Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand in the 1990s. The company has continued to grow and evolve through various business transitions: from Colby and MHE to Mannesmann, Siemens, and Dematic. Out of respect for its long heritage as an Australian manufacturer, and strong recognition in the market, the Colby name continues today as Dematic’s storage equipment brand.

Some of Dematic’s greatest innovations include: the world’s first hanging conveyor (1930s), its storage and retrieval machines (1950s), the world’s first fully automated warehouse (1962), Dematic Multishuttle, the company’s ground-breaking miniload handling system (2006), and the most integrated software platform in the industry, the Dematic iQ Software Portfolio (2018).  

“Although our product offerings provide great value, it’s really the people of Dematic that make the difference,” said Dandashly. “Each employee plays a crucial role in Dematic’s history and we continue to be guided by our values of courage, collaboration, integrity and excellence. I look forward to more success in the next 200 years.” 

Dematic employs more than 6,000 people globally and, as a member of the KION Group, operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

For more information about Dematic’s history, click here.


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