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f+h Intralogistics 3/2014

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Global Business I

Global Business I Interview working on developing this line, focusing less on the product itself and more on complete systems. From materials handling for bulk materials to intralogistics, a sector at the mercy of the market like no other. What, in your opinion, will the major challenges be for intralogistics over the coming years? The intralogistics sector is indeed facing major challenges. To a large extent, this has seen our strategic focus incorporate general business development. We are talking about long-running mega trends here, which also demand the appropriate intralogistic solutions. For example the increasing globalization and networking of markets, the individualization of society, a growing urban sprawl, sustainability and demographic change. Shaped by the development of society, what these trends have in common is that they will enter the “The Russian market is very important to us” influential sphere of intralogistics at some stage too. This is clearly seen with the individualization of society, a mega trend reflected in consumer behavior and accelerating the online retail trade. A consequence of which is the atomization of orders and thus the delivery of goods. Or take demographic change. Older employees or employees who wish to work beyond the age of retirement need age-appropriate, ergonomic workplaces, for example in consignment, in order to be able to perform here sufficiently. In this way, they are helping the company and filling the gaps in skilled labor shortages. Due to the global merging of markets, the logistics sector, and thus also intralogistics, is driving the success of internationally active companies. How important is the theme of internationalization for your company? The fact of the matter is, intralogistics is what made globalization possible; accelerating processes around the world, including those of our customers. With our systems and equipment, we are thus facilitating corporate users as they seek greater international presence. It is really through intralogistic systems such as these that internationalization is even possible. Getting back to your question, for my company international business is what has been driving growth the last ten years and will also play a crucial role in our next strategy. We have always been aware that if we want to keep our plant here in Germany’s Beckum, this will only be possible with a clear internationalization strategy. This strategy is consistently followed and implemented in everyday working life. I think it’s safe to say the almost 30 companies and representatives in more than 70 countries, as well as 3,700 employees with whom we work worldwide, speak for themselves. Our path remains international. CeMAT Russia in Moscow is coming up soon. How important is this trade fair and the Russian market for your company? Russia is an ambitious market and, due to its size and potential, has an enormous demand for innovative intralogistics, as well as professional development and solution concepts. Russia is looking for modern systems and equipment in order to design efficient, in-house processes. Since 2007, we have been represented by our Group subsidiary OOO Beumer in almost all regions of Russia and the CIS states. Of course, the political situation may slightly exacerbate the economic one. However, given the many opportunities that await us here, we need to press ahead with investments and thus fly our flag in these regions. According to VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, almost one quarter of Russian machine imports comes from Germany. For German manufacturers, Russia was the fourth biggest export market after China, the US and France. To organize a leading international trade fair such as CeMAT in Russia is thus particularly important and it represents a significant platform for innovative companies and products. Decision-makers from these important markets gather here to assess the overall market offer and the latest trends. Which user markets in Russia are important for Beumer? The intralogistics sector in Russia is still finding its feet. However, we have already noticed a significant increase in demand. The country is rich in natural resources. In addition to natural gas reserves and oil, the country also has the second largest amount of coal deposits in the world. Which is why good ideas and new technologies are in demand here – particularly in the bulk materials sector. With our conveying and loading technology, our palletizing and packaging technology, as well as our new Beumer fillpac bagging system, we are looking at a growing market. The demand for sorting and distribution systems is rising also however, particularly in the CEP market. And eCommerce will certainly be playing a major role here. Thank you for talking to us Photos: Beumer/f+h www.beumergroup.com About Beumer Beumer Group is an international manufacturing leader in intralogistics in the fields of conveying, loading, palletising, packaging, sortation and distribution technology. Together with Crisplant a/s and Enexco Teknologies India Limited, the company employed some 3,700 people in 2013, taking orders with a value of some 770 million EUR. With its subsidiaries and sales agencies, Beumer Group is present in many industries worldwide. 10 f+h Intralogistics 3/2014

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