SSI Schaefer acquires a majority shareholding in robotics specialist RO-BER

Strategic partnership with gantry robot manufacturer to increase expertise at SSI Schaefer.

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The SSI Schaefer Group has announced a majority holding in the Kamen-based, German gantry robot specialist RO-BER Industrieroboter GmbH.

Elmar Issing, vice president of robotics and innovations at SSI Schaefer, said, “high-performance robotic applications are now a key factor in integrated automation solutions in intralogistics. Our involvement with RO-BER increases the range of solutions for our customers in another key future technology and completes the product portfolio in robotics with intelligent control technology.”

As an independent developer and manufacturer of gantry robot systems for picking and sequencing, as well as for storing, buffering and linking, RO-BER has already been a reliable project partner to SSI Schaefer for major international projects using the gantry robot technology in recent years. A current example is the drinks warehouse of A. Kempf Getraenkegrosshandel GmbH in Heddesheim, Germany, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edeka Handelsgesellschaft Suedwest mbH.

“In the market, SSI Schaefer and RO-BER have a lot in common with regard to customers and industries,” said Hans Gerd Severin, managing director of RO-BER. “The inclusion of our standardized robot systems in their concepts complements the SSI Schaefer product portfolio perfectly, especially for end-of-line palletizing and in picking systems.”

RO-BER will continue to operate on the market as a fully independent company based in Kamen.

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