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ABB (CH) acquires robotics expert Intrion (Flanders)

Swiss electronics company ABB is acquiring Intrion, a Flanders-based industrial automation specialist. The scalability and flexibility that robotics offers in the face of logistics challenges of the future are driving the investment.

Robotic arm production line

Increasingly complex logistics

With Intrion under its wings, ABB strengthens its position in the logistics market. This market is becoming increasingly complex due to the rise of e-commerce and mass customization. “Our customers are handling a wider variety of packages with ever-increasing delivery expectations,” Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s robotic and motion division explains.

“In the past, adding more people was the only way to tackle this. But that’s expensive, inefficient and challenging, as there are fewer people willing to do repetitive and often strenuous jobs. Robotics automation solutions add flexibility to offset unexpected peaks while also offering workers the opportunity for more rewarding roles with better ergonomics and increased safety.”

Joining forces for the future

A true robotics expert, Intrion is exactly what ABB was looking for. The Flanders-based firm employs 120 people and offers tailor-made solutions that integrate end-of-line production, internal logistics and IT management. Intrion has over a decade of experience in logistics automation solutions and services for multiple industries, including warehouse and distribution, food and beverage and pharmaceutical, and is embedded in Flanders’ booming robotics scene.

Gerard Paulussen, CEO of Intrion: “By joining forces with ABB, we create one of the most comprehensive and compelling logistics automation offerings in Europe. We look forward to helping ABB deepen its logistics expertise, and at the same time, growing beyond our current resources through ABB’s regional footprint and strong account management programs.”

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Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
11 September 2018

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