German controls and automation manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs marks another milestone in Singapore with the opening of its newly established five-story Global Distribution Center in Jurong. With an investment of over S$65 million, spanning an area of 17,700sqm, the state-of-the-art center serves as the central warehouse from which Pepperl+Fuchs Group provides a worldwide distribution of more than 15,000 products.
Integrated with the Internet-of-Things (IoT) enabled high bay automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) and an Intelligent Warehouse Management Software (WMS) system, the fully automated warehouse will increase productivity by more than 400 per cent. This will allow Pepperl+Fuchs to increase its efficiency and cost-effectiveness while providing customers with shorter delivery times.
"Facilitating a worldwide control tower function out of Singapore will enable us to manage the entire logistics process, which includes tracking, distribution, and production planning more efficiently," said Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs Group, “Additionally, our decision to include some of the latest Industry 4.0 concepts within our Global Distribution Center is also a demonstration of our commitment to take on the leadership role in this exciting new space.”
In addition, the center will include one floor of manufacturing operations which the deployment of automated guided vehicles (AGV) will automate the moving of both raw materials and finished goods between ASRS and the production lines.
"We warmly welcome Pepperl+Fuchs' decision to set up its Global Distribution Center in Singapore, which will further strengthen its existing manufacturing presence here. The success of this facility is underpinned by the holistic application of Industrial Internet of Things technologies, which Singapore has identified as a key capability in our advanced manufacturing pillar,”said Mr. Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.
Established in 1945 in Mannheim, Germany, Pepperl+Fuchs was founded by Walter Pepperl and Ludwig Fuchs, built upon the principles of inventiveness, entrepreneurial foresight, and self-reliance.
Through the years, Pepperl+Fuchs has established itself as a pioneer and innovator in industrial sensor and explosion protection technologies. The family-owned business employs more than 5,500 employees worldwide in more than 40 subsidiaries on 6 continents, and generates annual sales of over €500 million.
Pepperl+Fuchs invests more than €30 million annually in research and development, backed by a team of close to 500 engineers. The combined effort goes towards ensuring that its two product lines of industrial sensors and explosion protection are kept up to date and remain at the forefront in technology and innovation, in their respective fields.