GRIMSBY, Ontario—Cimcorp North America, a manufacturer of turnkey robotic equipment for the tire and consumer products industries, has promoted Derek Rickard to director of sales in North America.
Rickard, who has more than 20 years of sales experience in the supply chain automation sector, will be charged with expanding Cimcorp's warehouse automation market and positioning the North American sales teams with the company's global strategy.
"It is an honor and privilege for me to play such a pivotal role in the alignment between our North American entities and broader Cimcorp Group," Rickard said. "As part of this alignment, I will also lead the sales team to work more closely with our applications department.
"Together, we can continue to develop innovative solutions that help our customers optimize material flow, increase operational efficiencies and realize rapid return on investment."
Rickard previously worked as distribution systems sales manager for Cimcorp, helping customers increase their fulfillment speed, space efficiency and seasonal fluctuations in demand through supply chain robotics and automation software, according to Cimcorp.
He helped pioneer many of the first automated picking systems, with the largest projects exceeding 1 million cases per week, according to Cimcorp.
"At Cimcorp, we have been fortunate to have installed robotic systems for manufacturers and distribution centers in over 40 countries and six continents," said Kai Tuomisaari, vice president of sales. "Within North America, we have all seen the tremendous results generated by Derek and his team there. This closer alignment between our global teams will only strengthen our commitment and ability to meet the unique needs of customers in all regions, with fully customized automation."
Cimcorp is part of Murata Machinery Ltd. and supplies robotic supply chain and warehousing solutions for the tire, food and beverage, retail, e-commerce and postal service industries.