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For Agidens, 2015 was a historic year in which the group repositioned itself. The sale of the logistics automation division of the former Egemin to the German KION Group yielded a capital gain of around 60 million euros, and made 2015 one of the most remarkable years in the company’s 70-year history. By focusing on further growth of the business, Agidens, the new brand name without Handling Automation, achieved a record order book of around 65 million euros.
The Life Sciences division continued in 2015 to build on its successful key account management strategy and realized strategic automation projects for major players in the pharmaceutical industry. The division also won an important contract for validation support for a customer with branches in Belgium and the Netherlands. In addition to its existing sites in Switzerland and the Netherlands, Agidens also opened branches in France and Germany to support its international growth.
In the sector of Tank Terminals, Agidens consolidated its leading market position in the ARA area (the area between the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp). LBC Tank Terminals requested support at three sites in Belgium and the Netherlands, which means that the Agidens division is now active at 15 storage terminals. In collaboration with several partners, the division is developing an innovative software package for Tank Terminals, whose roll out will start in 2016.
In the Food & Beverage industry, Agidens helped Nestlé in 2015 with the extension of a baby food plant in the Netherlands. It also realized projects for the Trappist Brewery in Westmalle, Spa Monopole, and Findus Sweden. In this way, Agidens strengthens its position as a process specialist for high-quality food and drinks.
The Infrastructure division expanded its market to the Netherlands, where it won the contracts for the large-scale works on the Beatrix lock and the construction of the new floodgate in Limmel (together with Besix). Agidens has also become an absolute specialist in the remote control of automated civil engineering works such as tunnels, bridges and locks.
A new division was started up in 2015 that will focus on the (fine) chemical industry.
Agidens has developed a renewed strategy, ‘20/20 Vision’, for the next five years and wants to grow further with focus on product innovation, market differentiation, internationalization, and key account and key partner management. This strategy should enable Agidens to continue its historic growth.