Warehouse automation specialist, Swisslog, Newport News, Va., expanded its North American presence with a new office in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. This division will address the growing needs of the Mexican and Latin American markets and includes the acquisition of FORTE Industries

“Swisslog has already delivered solutions to one of Mexico's largest retailers, and now with our local office, we can make a full-time commitment to the region,” says Markus Schmidt, senior vice president of Swisslog Americas. “The new office will allow our expertise and solution/product portfolio in e-commerce and temperature-controlled warehousing fully accessible to the growing local companies that want to take steps into warehouse automation."

Senior design consultant, Yvan Busom Sosa, will lead the warehouse and distribution design practice in the Tlalnepantla office.

"It's an exciting time to be in warehouse automation here in Mexico,” adds Sosa. “We're at the convergence of rapid developments in technology and retail trends in e-commerce, legislative requirements in pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled food and beverage needs. These are all areas of strength for our automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and our goods-to-person picking systems. We're able to bring a competitive advantage that has proved very popular in other emerging markets."