Heico acquires Ancra Systems BV

CHICAGO, IL — Heico Companies – with holdings including Ancra International, Kinedyne, S-Line and Wistra – has now acquired Ancra Systems BV, which supplies Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS).

“This acquisition will bring advanced loading system technology to the North American trucking and material handling sectors and extend the advantages of automation throughout the warehouse, to the docks and into the trailers,” said Steve Frediani, president and CEO of the Heico’s Ancra platform. “The addition of Ancra Systems positions Heico as a global player in the automated cargo management, loading, control and unloading space.”

Ancra Systems can reportedly unload a 53-foot trailer with palletized cargo in as little as three minutes. The process normally takes a forklift 30-45 minutes, it adds.

“Automation and the efficiencies it brings has already permeated many dimensions of manufacturing and warehouse operations in Europe and North America,” said Marc Hezemans, managing director for Ancra Systems BV. “The difference is that many European operations have been enjoying the additional benefits of our automated truck loading and unloading systems for more than 20 years.”

The company’s products include a chain conveyor system and skate system for palletized freight, a rollover conveyor for air cargo, a slat conveyor system for mixed and palletized freight, a plastic belt system for mixed and palletized freight, and a belt conveyor system for loose-loaded parcels. It also has two systems that don’t require trailer-mounted equipment interfaces.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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