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Swisslog enhances pallet storage and retrieval offerings with acquisition of Power Automation Systems (PAS)

Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions, leading provider of best-in-class intralogistics solutions, announces the acquisition of Power Automation Systems (PAS), the world-wide market leader in pallet shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). Now with offerings ranging from advanced robotics to fast case shuttles and pallet shuttles together with KUKA Swisslog continues building the Automation Powerhouse chain offering clients compelling solutions.

“The acquisition of PAS allows Swisslog to expand our product portfolio and offerings with focus to the North American and APAC markets,” comments Christian Baur, Swisslog CEO of warehouse and distribution solutions. “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 for existing buildings.”

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,” says Markus Schmidt, senior VP, Swisslog Warehouse and Distribution Solutions Americas. “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.”

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.

“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),” says Pat Mitchell, inventor, founder and previous owner of PAS. “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.”

Michael Felbinger has been appointed general manager of the PAS business line and will ensure seamless integration into Swisslog.

“I am looking forward to working with the innovative PAS team to deliver first-class products and solutions that create high value to our customers worldwide.”

Felbinger has 20 years of material handling experience in Europe and the US and serves as a VP within Swisslog Americas.

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