The Middle East logistics market is set to reach $66.3 billion by the end of 2020, according to a new report released by Swisslog Middle East.
The robotic, data-driven and flexible automated solutions provider released the report ahead of Materials Handling Middle East, the region’s dedicated trade show for warehousing, intralogistics and supply chain solutions.
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During the event, Swisslog Middle East will introduce highly-efficient robotised storage and order processing solutions for small parts and pallets that integrates into existing buildings.
“While automated picking and packing has been around for a while, the next wave of change is being brought about by robotics. A warehouse that deploys robots reduces costs significantly while boosting efficiency,” said Alain Kaddoum, the General Manager of Swisslog Middle East.
“AutoStore, for example, uses robots and bins to quickly process small parts orders and provides better use of available space than any other automated system in the market. Each robot is extremely energy efficient, using just 0.1 kW of energy per hour – six robots use the same energy as a toaster,” he added.
Swisslog will also use Materials Handling Middle East as a platform to introduce CarryPick, a flexible and modular AGV-based storage and order picking system designed for multi-channel intralogistics that can fulfil 20 orders simultaneously.
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With the World Bank’s 2018 Logistics Performance Index ranking the UAE 13th out of 160 countries, outstripping Canada, France, Finland, Denmark and Australia, the 2019 edition of Materials Handling Middle East is must-attend event for regional heavyweights and international players eager to increase their foothold in a super-competitive global marketplace.
To tap into the soaring demand for automation in the Middle East, Ancra Systems, a Netherlands-based specialist in automatic truck loading and unloading systems, is making its Materials Handling Middle East debut with an Automated Truck / Container Loading and Unloading Solution (ATLS) designed for a wide range of industries., said the event organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East.
Automation is now a key driver for the full spectrum of industries, including ecommerce. The UAE’s e-commerce sector alone is currently worth US$17.8 billion, representing 45.6 per cent of the total value of the Middle East’s e-commerce market, according to a Fitch Solutions report.