From Antwerp to the rest of the world

In over sixty years, Egemin Automation has grown into a company that is active in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. The constant theme throughout our history has been creative solutions and the development of our core skills.

Electricity works

Electricité Générale pour la Marine et l’Industrie (Egemin) was founded in 1947 at Sint-Pietersvliet in Antwerp. The company specialized in naval electricity repair work and was founded by Theo Pomierski, entrepreneur, philosopher and artist.

Material handling

At the World Fair in 1958 in Brussels, Egemin agreed to contract with the German company STILL for the delivery of forklift trucks. In the years that followed, activities expanded to include cargo handling. Egemin became Egemin Automation and adopted the core activity in the firm name.

As well as naval installations, Egemin Automation also worked on electrical installations for industry. The activities for material handling were expanded with in-floor chain conveyors, roller conveyors and carbody transport systems for the automotive industry.

Automation of petrol stations, processes, and intralogistics

At the end of the ‘60s, Luc Pomierski, son of Theo, added a new activity under the name Applied Electronics. Egemin Automation started automating petrol stations. In ten years’ time, the Applied Electronics department grew into being the market leader in its sector. It was a heyday for the company that then had three main activities: Industrial Electricity, Handling Systems, and Applied Electronics. When the investments in petrol stations fell, Applied Electronics, including some valuable patents, was sold.

At the end of the ’80s, Egemin Automation shifted from family ownership to industrial shareholdership. Sidmar, now Arcelor-Mittal, and Saab opened up extra opportunities for Egemin Automation. This marked a period of strong autonomous growth. Knowledge company Egemin Automation profiled itself as a supplier of automation solutions for material handling and the process industry.

Worldwide expansion

At the end of 1999, the shareholder status of Sidmar and Saab was transferred to the investment groups Ackermans & van Haaren, KBC Private Equity, and Mercator. With the takeover of Schlafhorst Automation in Michigan, Egemin Automation made the leap over the Atlantic. In 2010, Egemin Automation established new offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong to serve the Chinese and Asian Pacifc markets.

Focus on core business

Egemin Automation aims for further growth in material handling automation and life cycle services with premium products and solutions such as the renowned automated guided vehicles (E’gv®) and automated warehouse and distribution solutions (E’wds).

In 2015 the handling automation activities of Egemin were acquired by the multinational KION Group, one of the world market leaders in intralogistics.