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Made-to-MEA-sure logistics

How can you optimise warehouse and factory storage space, while also organising the automated sorting and handling of goods? The Kardex group has the answer to this question. It develops made-to-measure machines and solutions for its clients, which include large companies such as BMW, Gillette, Caterpillar and British American Tobacco.

This business sector, known as intra-logistics, has benefitted from the boom of e-commerce, which forces companies to optimise the management of their sorting centres, and, most importantly, reduce employee numbers as far as possible. The vertical carousel (goods lifts) market in particular is developing exponentially. A new study shows that this sector should grow by 6% every year between now and 2021.

“Kardex is a very interesting longterm investment opportunity. In the space of a few years, the group’s management has done great work and put the company on the right track,” states Michal Lichvar from Vontobel. In addition to designing and manufacturing carousels and automatic sorting systems, Kardex manages the installation of its tools, along with the corresponding software optimisation, which are adapted to its clients’ needs.

These training and maintenance services are a real boon to the Zurich-based company: “28% of Kardex’s revenue comes from services,” notes Robin Seydoux from Research Partners. “It’s clearly a company that merits recommendation, although, for the moment, it’s a little expensive in my opinion.”


This firm develops automated storage and material handling solutions

  • Foundation: 1977
  • Headquarter: Zurich (ZH)
  • Revenues: €358.5 Million (2016)
  • Effectives: 1'550