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Dematic Group Acquires SDI Group Europe to Expand and Enhance Offerings

Dematic Group, a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to enhance the supply chain, announced last week its attainment of FSU Investments Limited.

FSU has significant equity in SDI Group Limited, or SDI Group Europe, a supplier of garment on hanger and flat sorter technology in Europe. Dematic Group further announced that it intends to make an offer for the remaining share capital in SDI Group Europe held by other shareholders, expanding Dematic’s offerings in apparel, retail and e-commerce markets.

Dematic demonstrates the belief that the acquisition will expand and improve Dematic solutions established to advance responsiveness of customers to the ever-changing requirements of omnichannel distribution.

Ulf Henriksson, Dematic president and CEO, explained, “The combination of Dematic and SDI Group Europe enhances our focus on providing customers with critical industry solutions powered by a talented team of solution designers, project delivery and customer service specialists dedicated to the e-commerce and apparel markets.”

He continued, “The addition of garment on hanger and flat sorter technologies, combined with a best in class returns processing solution, offers our customers a true single source modular, flexible and scalable solution provider and partner.”

SDI Group Europe, headquartered in Royston, U.K., offers the workings for seamless order fulfillment including pouch sorters, Bombay sorters, garment-on-hanger technology, tilt tray/carton sorters and more. For instance, its exclusive MonaLisa sorter bag technology allows both hanging and flat goods to be simultaneously carried, improving the efficiency of returns management for goods.

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Following its attainment of SDI Group Europe, Andrea di Bella, the managing director for SDI Italy, Spain and Switzerland, will succeed Gordon Smith in the role of CEO of SDI Group Europe and take over responsibility for the business. Smith will remain in the business and act as a support to di Bella during the transition phase.

Henriksson said, “Andrea has a wealth of experience, having been with SDI Group for 17 years, and has been integral in the management and partnership of many customer projects over the years.”

“As well as our extensive number of European customer sites, Dematic has over 2,000 customer sites in North America, and is committed to its customers as they strive for enhanced operational performance.” Henriksson concluded, “The newly combined SDI Group Europe and Dematic offerings will be available to the market for all our new and existing North American customers along with our global customers under the Dematic brand.”

Di Bella added in, “Dematic is at the forefront when it comes to automated technologies and software for the apparel, retail and e-commerce markets. We look forward to integrating our business into Dematic’s already strong global position and product and service offerings.”

All of SDI Group Europe’s products and services will be available through Dematic globally to current and prospective customers looking to optimize order fulfillment and distribution processes and solutions. The acquisition also offers customers the strength of two customer service organization infrastructures for responsive and dependable automated technology and software support throughout the world.