Gebo Cermex and KUKA sign supply agreement


By FoodProcessing Staff
Wednesday, 08 November, 2017


Gebo Cermex, a provider of packaging line engineering and material handling solutions and part of the Sidel Group, has signed a supply agreement with KUKA to provide customers with a wider range of robotic solutions.

Finalised in Munich at Drinktec 2017, the agreement was signed by Marc Aury, president and managing director of Gebo Cermex, and Joachim Melis, VP division consumer industries and handling of KUKA.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of robotics, plant manufacturing and system technologies, KUKA’s range of industrial robots allow manufacturers to easily integrate standardised systems and components into customised production processes.

Gebo Cermex has been using KUKA’s robotic machinery for palletising and depalletising functions for over a decade, and the company suggested the growing demand for the machinery over the past 12 months has encouraged this supply agreement.

“Together with our existing supplier, FANUC, we can now cooperate with two reliable, supportive and complementary players in the field of robotic solutions. By partnering with both companies, we will be able to ensure the optimum performance of packaging lines for customers,” said Aury.

“It will enhance our flexibility, enabling us to tailor solutions to specific individual needs, with a greater agility in providing the performance levels that our customers are looking for over the lifetime of their production lines.”

FANUC is a global manufacturer of factory automation with more than 19.5 million products installed worldwide. Therefore, the agreement with KUKA further expands the Sidel Group’s capabilities in robotic solutions.

Jean-Luc Imhof, CEO of KUKA France, Benelux and Maghreb, commented on the benefits that will come from this deal.

“This signing represents an important milestone in our collaboration. With our wide product portfolio and experience in the consumer goods market, we can offer the complete solution for this sector: standard industrial and collaborative robots, digital services and other Industry 4.0 technologies. Additionally, as a leading global supplier, KUKA provides all the necessary support for customers all around the globe. Based on these values that we share with our partner Gebo Cermex, we wish to pursue and reinforce the common developments of the key technologies for the consumer goods market.”

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