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Körber acquires Otimis to expand in Latin America

Steve Rogerson
January 14, 2020



The logistics division of Germany’s Körber Group has acquired a majority stake in Brazil-based Otimis, a supply chain management software and consulting company that specialises in warehousing and logistics operations.
 
In light of advances in technology and digitisation of supply chain processes, companies are looking for supply chain technology partners that can service them globally. To address this, Körber Logistics Systems has extended its service and support capabilities into Latin America with the addition of Otimis. Otimis extends Körber's existing customer service capabilities in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific.
 
"This is a further component of our successful internationalisation strategy," said Stephan Seifert, chairman of the executive board of Körber. "With Otimis, we have an ideal basis for further growth in Latin America and for offering our customers market-leading logistics."
 
Otimis has been an implementation partner and reseller of the supply chain management of Körber Logistics' HighJump company since 2004. By joining Körber, Otimis now has access to a portfolio of supply chain technologies including supply chain management software, industrial voice technology, autonomous mobile robotics (AMR) and material handling automation.
 
"The trusted and successful cooperation that has grown over the years between HighJump and Otimis has encouraged us to take the next step, bringing Otimis under the Körber umbrella," said Dirk Hejnal, CEO of Körber’s logistics division. "Essentially a beachhead in the region, the addition of Otimis to Körber Logistics empowers us, along with companies worldwide, with another means to think globally, while executing locally."
 
Otimis has locations in Blumenau and São Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, with plans for expansion in Mexico. This follows Körber's recent acquisition of the majority stake in the Cohesio Group, an integrator of voice-directed and AMR solutions for logistics in Apac.
 
"Our local roots coupled with the strength of the global Körber network are ideal prerequisites for sustainable growth for us and our customers,” said Hélcio Lenz, founder and CEO of Otimis. “The entire Otimis team and I look forward to being part of Körber and shaping the supply chain of the future together."
 
Körber 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.
 
Körber Logistics is a provider of integrated applications for optimising complex internal and external logistics processes. Under the Körber Logistics umbrella brand, this business area supplies digitised products for smart factories (production logistics), warehouses, distribution centres, ecommerce, and the controlling of entire supply chains.
 
The umbrella brand unites the companies Aberle and Consoveyo (systems integration), Langhammer and Riantics (products), as well as Aberle Software, Cirrus Logistics, Cohesio Group, DM Logic, HighJump, Inconso and Voiteq (software) in three business units.
 
Otimis, headquartered in Blumenau, Brazil, provides supply chain management software, with specialised services and support. It is known for cloud and on-premise warehouse management systems.