Ferag AG Acquires dereOida

 Ferag AG, a renowned family-owned Swiss company with over 65 years of experience as a global market leader in material flow systems, and dereOida, an Australian pioneer in warehouse automation software with their revolutionary doWarehouse system, are uniting their strengths to offer an unparalleled intralogistics solution to businesses across various industries.

dereOida’s flagship product, doWarehouse, presents a holistic single view across the warehouse. With the freedom to select any automated system, customers can seamlessly integrate their chosen hardware into doWarehouse, all while benefiting from dereOida’s outstanding support services. The doWarehouse system enables the user to streamline processes, enhance productivity, reduce costs and allows for continuous improvement through insightful analytics. Notably, it provides a single source of truth, revolutionizes sortation management, replaces cumbersome spreadsheets, and optimizes warehouse space utilization.

Ferag AG’s legacy as a family-owned Swiss company specializing in intralogistics solutions and the development, design and distribution of material flow systems is built upon innovation, quality, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. With a global presence across 18 countries and a team of over 600 dedicated professionals, Ferag has consistently delivered cutting-edge sorting, conveying, buffering and Order Fulfilment Solutions to a diverse range of industries.

The merger of these two industry innovators presents a transformative offering for businesses seeking to optimize their warehouse operations. By combining Ferag’s unparalleled expertise in material flow systems and design with dereOida’s state-of-the-art software solutions, customers can expect an end-to-end solution that addresses every aspect of intralogistics with unprecedented quality, reliability, and support.

Key Benefits of the Merger:
Comprehensive Intralogistics Solutions: Customers now have access to a complete suite of intralogistics solutions that cover the entire spectrum of warehouse automation and management.

Synergy of Expertise: The merger brings together Ferag’s decades of experience in equipment intralogistics with dereOida’s cutting-edge automation software, resulting in a holistic and advanced hardware and software intralogistics solution.

Optimized Productivity: Businesses can leverage the power of doWarehouse’s real-time insights and analytics to drive continuous improvements and optimize their operations.

Simplified Support: dereOida’s single point of contact for hardware and software support ensures seamless assistance and quick issue resolution for enhanced customer satisfaction.

Quotes From CEOs:

Tommaso Ramundo, CEO Ferag AG, commented:
“We are thrilled to announce our merger with dereOida, a strategic move that not only strengthens our position in the market but also propels us forward in achieving our long-term goals. This partnership is a pivotal part of our goal to attain Ferag Excellence 2025, as we relentlessly pursue the realignment of our global sales strategy to effectively meet the changing needs of our customers. By combining the strengths of Ferag and dereOida, we are poised to deliver an even more comprehensive suite of solutions to our valued customers, reaffirming our commitment to excellence and quality in every aspect of our business.”

Karl Friesenbichler, CEO dereOida, commented:
“I am very excited to announce our merger with Ferag. As we embark on this journey together, our focus remains steadfast on delivering unmatched quality, unwavering customer service, and cutting-edge solutions. The synergy between our teams and the complementary nature of our offerings creates a powerful force that will undoubtedly shape the future of our industry.

“Our customers have always been at the heart of what we do, and this merger only strengthens our ability to provide them with the best. We are dedicated to ensuring a seamless transition, maintaining the highest standards, and upholding the trust you have placed in us.”

Both CEOs commented:
“The combined expertise and resources of Ferag and dereOida enable us to explore new horizons and drive innovation at every turn. Not only can we unite our wealth of expertise and resources, but we can also nurture synergies by sharing knowledge and technology, thus leveraging the finest aspects of both entities. Our existing networks provide newfound access to untapped markets, driving growth and expansion. The amalgamation stimulates innovation as we synergise our creative capabilities and diverse skill sets. With this merger, we are confident that our overall competitiveness will be strengthened, enabling us to achieve remarkable results and elevate the level of value we offer to our customers, partners, and stakeholders.”

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DENSO Acquires Full Stake in Certhon Group, a Greenhouse Provider Based in the Netherlands

DENSO Corporation has announced that it has acquired the full stake in Certhon Group, a Dutch horticultural facility operator, with the aim of accelerating the global expansion of its agricultural production business.
In recent years, climate change and a decrease in the number of people taking up farming have led to unstable agricultural production, and the need to develop a stable and sustainable agricultural production system through the establishment of a climate-independent cultivation environment and the reduction of labor shortages and heavy workload. To solve these various issues in the food and agriculture field, DENSO and Certhon formed a capital alliance in March 2020, and in May of the same year jointly established DENSO AgriTech Solutions, Inc., which sells horticultural facility products to Japan and other Asian countries. Since then, the two companies have been involved in sales of agricultural greenhouses suited to each region of the world and have jointly developed solutions to solve future labor shortages.

Now, with the acquisition of all shares of Certhon by DENSO, the two companies will further accelerate their efforts to solve global food challenges by leveraging the strengths of both companies and the results of their past collaboration. With a history of more than 125 years, Certhon is a leading company renowned for its world-class advanced technologies in horticulture. The company excels not only in the development of solutions tailored to diverse customers, but also in integration capabilities that combine multiple systems to make optimal proposals. As a member of the DENSO Group, Certhon aims to develop innovative farm models that will change the way agriculture is conducted and to globally deploy solutions that meet regional characteristics and needs by combining DENSO’s process design and automation technologies developed in the automotive field with Certhon’s cultivation technologies and horticultural system technologies.

DENSO will continue to work towards solving social issues in the agricultural and food sectors and strive to provide new value by establishing a food value chain business encompassing production, distribution, and consumption.

Hidehiro Yokoo, Senior Executive Officer in charge of the Food Value Chain Business Development Division at DENSO, said, “Through the complete acquisition of Certhon, we will accelerate our efforts to solve global food and agricultural challenges. We firmly believe that Certhon is a unique partner with shared values and complementary technologies, and together we will continue to grow. DENSO will continue to collaborate with Certhon to provide solutions that deliver food safety and security, anytime, anywhere, and to anyone, forever.”

“DENSO has an international network and a strong reputation for developing cutting-edge technology and we look forward to further shaping the ground-breaking collaboration,” said Lotte van Rijn, General Director of Certhon. “DENSO’s investment ensures that we can maintain continuity for our employees, customers and suppliers, also in the future. It provides opportunities that are essential for a company like Certhon, which always wants to push the boundaries of quality and innovation.”

For more information, visit www.denso.com/global/en/news/newsroom/2023/20230801-g01/.

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Japan – MHI Acquires Concentric, LLC: The North American Leader in Power Management Solutions for Material Handling, Data Center and Utility Customers

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), one of the world’s foremost industrial groups leading the way in clean energy, today announced the acquisition of Concentric, LLC (Concentric), a top provider of industrial power solutions in North America. MHI has signed an agreement with OnPoint Group to acquire all outstanding membership interests of Concentric for an undisclosed consideration.

Dr. Hitoshi Kaguchi, Senior Executive Vice President at MHI said: “We are delighted to add Concentric to our growing portfolio for Smart Infrastructure Solutions. Combining MHI’s technology capabilities with an experienced national service provider immediately benefits facilities across North America, and provides us with a platform to serve the globe. All facilities from data centers to logistics and manufacturing factories must be able to maintain sustainable, uninterruptible power in order to remain competitive in the 21st century.”

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Carrolton, Texas, Concentric is the only full-lifecycle power solution provider with a truly national footprint. The company’s trademark offerings such as GuaranteedPOWER and PerpetualPOWER – have a proven track record in providing value, to a long-term blue-chip client base. Guided by its technician-focused culture, Concentric provides innovative critical power systems for data centers, telecommunications, utilities, and commercial facilities, as well as motive power solutions for electric forklifts, automated guided vehicles, and airline ground support equipment.

John Winter, Chief Operating Officer at Concentric said: “We have spent the last two decades building no-interruption power and equipment services for material handling and critical power customers across North America. Joining the MHI group accelerates Concentric’s mission to bring sustainable, proactive power systems and maintenance to facility leaders nationwide. Our forklift power customers have been converging towards energy storage for years. MHI’s capabilities, including their cooling technologies and zero emission power generation systems, ensure our team is ready to serve their needs and achieve growth across the data center market. We have a shared vision to build the most advanced, clean and efficient power solutions.”

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world.
For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

About Concentric

Concentric is the national leader in DC power management and maintenance for the material handling and critical power industries. The company’s signature solution, GuaranteedPOWER – is an industry-first, enabling leading facilities from manufacturers, distributors to data centers to improve safety and consistency through a fixed cost program delivering 30% average total cost savings. Concentric partners with both facility and corporate teams, helping them find a better way to manage consistency across the nation as they design, integrate and operate their forklift power, maintenance, energy storage and critical power solutions. Learn more at concentricusa.com.

About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on spectra.mhi.com.

DIC Corporation Acquires Photoresist Polymers Manufacturer PCAS Canada


DIC Corporationhas acquired 100% of the shares of Quebec-based PCAS Canada Inc. from French based company PCAS S.A., which manufactures and sells polymers used in photoresists for semiconductor photolithography.

The semiconductor market is growing worldwide and its importance is increasing with the development and proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence and other advanced information technologies. In this environment, DICwhich seeks to contribute to a society that is increasingly digital, as set forth in its DIC Vision 2030 long-term management planhas positioned expanding its lineup of photoresist* materials, which are indispensable to semiconductor fabrication, as a key strategy in the area of products for digital applications and is promoting the development of state-of-the-art photoresist polymers.

PCAS Canada, which has a manufacturing site southeast of Montreal, boasts outstanding production technologies and mass production know-how, and excels in delivering photoresist materials with the superior purity and low metal content required for use in semiconductor photolithography. DIC is confident that the combination of these production technologies with its own synthesis technologies, a key strength, will enhance its ability to respond to the needs of the semiconductor industry, which continues to be driven by technological progress, thus further contributing to digital innovation.

PCAS Canada has since been renamed Innovation DIC Chimitroniques Inc. (English company name: Innovation DIC Chemitronics Inc.). Looking forward, DIC will work to expedite the companys development of products for cutting-edge processes, make capital investments to strengthen its supply capabilities, and create a corporate organization suited to the needs of DIC Group customers in both North America and Asia. Through these efforts, DIC will continue to supply materials that underpin the growth and evolution of the semiconductor industry.

Profile of the Acquired Company

Company name:PCAS Canada Inc. (since renamed Innovation DIC Chimitroniques Inc.)

Corporate headquarters:Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada

Year of establishment:1989

Annual Net Sales:CAD$32 million (fiscal year 2022 result)

Number of employees:87 (as of March 31, 2023)

Principal operations:Manufacture and sale of polymers used in photoresists for semiconductor photolithography

* Photoresist is a photosensitive material essential to the production of semiconductors and displays. Photoresist is coated on a substrate to protect selected areas. Light is then used to transfer a pattern from an optical mask to the coated substrate. In semiconductor photolithography, photoresists are crucial to the formation of fine electronic circuits on silicon wafers.

Photoresist polymers are special polymers that are one of the main components of photoresists. The properties of these polymers facilitate the creation of fine patterns on silicon wafers, enabling the manufacture of sophisticated electronics devices.


About DIC Corporation

DIC Corporation is one of the worlds leading fine chemicals companies and the core of the DIC Group, a multinational organization comprising over 190 companies, including Sun Chemical Corporation, in more than 60 countries and territories. The DIC Group is recognized as a global leader in the markets for a variety of products essential to modern lifestyles, including packaging materials, display materials such as those used in television and computer displays, and high-performance materials for smartphones and other digital devices, as well as for automobiles. With annual consolidated net sales exceeding 1 trillion and 22,000-plus employees worldwide, we pledge to continue working in close cooperation with our customers wherever they are.


Fushi acquires Ascentis as part of its expansion into Southeast Asia

Fushi Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd (“Fushi”) is delighted to announce its acquisition of Ascentis Pte Ltd (“Ascentis”), a leading Customer Relationship Management (“CRM”) and eCommerce SaaS solutions provider in Southeast Asia. With this acquisition, Fushi is Ascentis’ controlling shareholder, and it marks a significant milestone in Fushi’s globalization strategy.

Founded in 2003, Ascentis is headquartered in Singapore, with six offices in Southeast Asia. Ascentis specializes in CRM and eCommerce and has successfully implemented its SaaS solutions across 13 countries in the region. Its solutions focus on helping businesses create a seamless Online-to-Offline (“O2O”) customer experience and journey that is both engaging and rewarding. Some of Ascentis’ clients include Far East Organization, Lendlease, Singtel, Starbucks, and Sunway Group.

“Acquiring Ascentis will expedite Fushi’s globalization strategy and expand its business into the growing Southeast Asia market,” said Fushi. “Ascentis’ O2O solutions, once integrated with Fushi’s point of sale, Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) lab, digital payment, and game center, will greatly enhance the group’s offerings and ambitions to create smart Retail and F&B ecosystems for our customers. This becomes even more exciting when the ecosystem is integrated with the smart logistics and supply chain management solutions from Y3 Technologies, who is also a global strategic partner of Fushi.”

This acquisition is a pivotal change for Ascentis, according to Bryan Tan, founder of Ascentis. “Fushi’s technologies not only accelerate our plans to expand into more markets, but more importantly, it now completes our vision to offer a truly integrated, smart, and automated platform with capabilities in cashiering, digital payment, rewards, customer engagement, and smart logistics.”

Fushi is dedicated to providing merchants with end-to-end SaaS solutions and aims to become the largest one-stop digital services platform for merchants in China and Southeast Asia. Since its establishment in 2016, Fushi Technology’s 500-strong R&D team has been deepening and expanding its SaaS services in retail and F&B with products such as POS, QR code menu ordering, mini-programs, artificial intelligence, digital payment, and game center.

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Sectors: Cards & Payments, Cloud & Enterprise


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