According to Modern Materials Handling’s 12th annual ranking of worldwide materials handling system suppliers Schaefer Systems International has been ranked the number one supplier in the world for materials handling for the third year in a row.
With US$2.51 billion in revenue, SSI Schaefer retains the top honour for the third consecutive year. The most significant news for the Group besides attaining outstanding sales result was the acquisition of systems integrator and software provider Salomon Automation in October 2008.
Each year globally, SSI Schaefer has been increasing its market presence. The momentum has been seen in the region of Asia Pacific and Middle East where double-digit growth rate prevailed for the past 3 years. SSI Schaefer have established its Indian sales office in Mumbai in August, with the new regional headquarter building in Dubai Logistics City about to start construction, despite economic uncertainties, in order to better serve the expanding Middle Eastern and African markets. A new sales branch office is also on the blueprint for Saudi Arabia.
To qualify for Modern’s list, companies must be suppliers of materials handling systems, not just equipment providers. In addition to manufacturing at least two major handling system components, a company must also employ full-time staff that designs, installs and integrates materials handling systems. These systems include at least two of the following: transportation devices, storage and staging equipment, picking units, sortation systems, information management systems, data capture technologies and other types of handling equipment. Companies must have a presence in North America to be considered worldwide suppliers. They must also be able to report their materials handling revenues to MMH.