Dematic Acquires Digital Applications International Limited

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Dematic Acquires Digital Applications International Limited

03/04/2020

Dematic’s parent company KION GROUP AG has completed the acquisition of Digital Applications International Limited (DAI), a UK-based software company specializing in logistics automation solutions. Valued at around $133 million, the transaction is KION’s largest investment since acquiring Dematic in 2016.

The addition of DAI significantly expands Dematic’s intralogistics software offerings to support the movement, storage and distribution of goods through the entire supply chain. DAI’s core product is a warehouse management system (WMS) that broadens the capabilities of Dematic iQ automation by allowing a wider range of applications — from primarily manual operations to the fully automated supply chain ecosystems.

“This deal marks a significant moment in time for Dematic and for intralogistics as a whole,” said Hasan Dandashly, CEO, Dematic. “Software is no longer something extra to be added to a solution — it is a fundamental, inextricable part of all solutions. And now with this combined software portfolio we can provide our customers with entirely new business models to make them more competitive and power the future of commerce.”

With full WMS capabilities, Dematic will be able to offer an entry point for customers early in their automation journey and a powerful add-on for more experienced customers. The acquisition supports the digital transformation to smart supply chains and consumer-demand driven urban strategies.

The acquisition will enable Dematic to:

  • Extend its software portfolio and systems engineering capabilities to meet future challenges and deliver advanced intralogistics globally
  • Respond to challenges presented by the accelerated growth of e-commerce and supply chain digitalization
  • Provide full support both inside the four walls of a facility and throughout the complete supply chain ecosystem (transportation, labor, inventory, order management)