Parma, Italy — Sidel Group and Elettric80 Inc. started a strategic alliance to provide comprehensive services — from production to warehouse, distribution and logistics management — for processors in the beverage and food, home and personal care markets.
The companies aim to act as a one-stop source for producers looking to become more flexible and sustainable with smart factory solutions, according to a news release.
Parma-based Sidel provides equipment and services for packaging products in PET, can, glass and other materials, while Elettric80 specializes in automatic intralogistics solutions for high-volume manufacturers and distribution centers, mainly in the food, beverage and tissue sectors.
As e-commerce grows, the use of automated warehouses, packaging and logistics management can help processors stay competitive and meet demands of a global market, according to Sidel Group CEO Monica Gimre.
"A strategic alliance with Elettric80 is our approach towards achieving our goal of providing A-to-Z services to our customers, including intralogistics solutions," Gimre said in the release. "I believe that the synergy and great teamwork between us will bring added value not just to our customers, but also to ourselves by opening space for learning and innovation together."
Elettric80 officials say their tailor-made hardware and software solutions optimize supply chain activities, guarantee system integration, and improve factory efficiency and product traceability.
Packaging lines with automated and integrated intralogistics are in the future for many plastics processors, President Enrico Grassi said.
"Along with Sidel, we are taking the next step in expanding our business opportunities by increasing our customers' operational efficiency and sustainability," Grassi said in the release. "We are ready to complement this alliance with strong expertise in logistics processes."
Elettric80 says it has installed more than 2,000 robotic systems, 5,000 automatic laser-guided vehicles and 35 automated high-density warehouses.
Sidel says it has more than 40,000 machines installed in some 190 countries.