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FKI Logistex Begins Manufacturing Its Hybrid AS/RS Cranes in the United States

March 012006
FKI Logistex Begins Manufacturing Its Hybrid AS/RS Cranes in the United States
(St. Louis, MO) FKI Logistex®, a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, announces that it is now manufacturing its hybrid automated-storage-and-retrieval (AS/RS) cranes in the United States at its plant in St. Louis, Missouri.

"As a global company, it is incumbent upon FKI Logistex to provide the same high degree of service and support everywhere we do business. Our St. Louis manufacturing capability will provide North American customers with same level of manufacturing and technical support we have been providing from our UK-based facility — with the advantage of being closer to home," says Stephen Legg, director, product and technology development, FKI Logistex.

"Many of our North American customers are asking that our equipment be built stateside and with US parts to avoid the volatility of currency risk, to increase spare parts availability, and to reduce shipping costs," says Ken Matson, executive vice president, Manufacturing Systems, FKI Logistex North America. "Additionally, we have seen a trend in some markets that our equipment be specified with US parts to meet their manufacturing guidelines."

"This move shows our strong commitment to responding to these market requests," Matson adds. "We will be increasing our spare parts stock in St. Louis, supporting our cranes with a larger technical and manufacturing operation, and meeting the demands of our marketplace."

FKI Logistex has begun manufacturing a model of its Maestro™ crane in St. Louis as part of a large order for one of its US-based customers. The model has undergone an engineering conversion for local manufacture. The rest of the FKI Logistex crane product line, including all of the company's Condor™ units, will still be manufactured in the United Kingdom.

"We chose the FKI Logistex St. Louis facility because of its highly skilled workforce that is accustomed to building computer-controlled equipment like palletizers," says Matson. "The St. Louis plant has a strong philosophy of equipment testing and is known throughout the industry for producing high-quality, reliable products."

Once the semi-automatic Maestro models currently being manufactured are completed, automated versions will likely be built next, ramping up to units with different load handlers. A St. Louis-based manufacturing technical support team has been organized to provide support with an intimate knowledge of the new crane manufacture.

Approximately 70 percent of FKI Logistex cranes support distribution for retailers and manufacturers, while another 30 percent directly support manufacturing processes. FKI Logistex cranes are typically used in high-bay warehouses in AS/RS applications, where they take advantage of vertical space to reduce the need for costly warehouse floor space.

About FKI Logistex
FKI Logistex® (www.fkilogistex.com) is a leading global provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world. For more information on FKI Logistex, click here to visit the FKI Logistex media center. For general sales information, contact FKI Logistex by phone at +1.877.935.4564 in North America, +44 (0) 8706 060120 in Europe, or +86 21 52372255 in Asia. Contact FKI Logistex by e-mail at [email protected].
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