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Korber acquires Cohesio to expand in voice and robotics

Steve Rogerson
October 1, 2019
German technology firm Korber has acquired a majority stake in Cohesio Group, an Australian company that integrates voice-directed and autonomous mobile robotics for logistics.
The Cohesio Group, headquartered in Melbourne, within just a few years has established itself as a provider of voice-controlled and robotics software for the logistics industry, particularly in the Asia Pacific region (Apac). Cohesio will complement the Korber's existing voice business with its Voiteq brand. This strengthens the experienced Honeywell Vocollect voice integration team. Cohesio has also pioneered the deployment of autonomous mobile robotics in the region.
"With Cohesio, we are underpinning our claim to market leadership through technology leadership in the future-oriented fields of voice and robot technology," said Stephan Seifert, chairman of Korber. "We are also expanding our presence in the particularly fast-growing markets of the Apac region, where we are able to inspire and support our customers with the best products for the supply chain."
Korber is the holding company of an international technology group with around 10,000 employees worldwide. The group unites technology companies with more than 100 production, service and sales locations.
"With its broad, technology-oriented product and service portfolio, Cohesio is an ideal fit for us and our growth ambitions,” said Dirk Hejnal, CEO of the Korber logistics systems division. “By adding Cohesio, we are in an even stronger position to offer customers the right supply chain technologies and service them on a global level. The Cohesio team is characterised by entrepreneurship, years of experience with logistics technologies, and a history of good partnership with its customers."
The Korber logistics systems division provides integrated applications for optimising complex internal and external logistics processes. It supplies digitised services for smart factories, warehouses, distribution centres, ecommerce and the controlling of entire supply chains. The umbrella brand unites the companies Aberle, Consoveyo, Langhammer, Riantics, Aberle Software, Cirrus Logistics, DM Logic, HighJump, Inconso and Voiteq. These offer a range of products and services encompassing systems integration to warehousing, palletising, de-palletising, materials handling technology and software.
"We feel fortunate to have found a partner in Korber that can help accelerate the next stage of growth for Cohesio,” said Nishan Wijemanne, CEO of Cohesio Group. “Korber offers us an innovative culture, a broader portfolio of complementary supply chain technologies and access to customer relationships on a global scale. The Cohesio founders and the entire Cohesio team are very excited to be part of this international technology group."
Cohesio Group integrates and develops technology that enables rapid optimisation of workflows and processes. With offices across the Asia Pacific, it creates technology transformations that span across supply chain and logistics, ranging from voice-powered technology through to autonomous mobile robotics.