Doosan Industrial Vehicle Partners With Kollmorgen for Automated Forklifts

South Korea-based DIV and Kollmorgen said partnership will help them maintain global leadership in materials handling.

Doosan Industrial Vehicle

Doosan Industrial Vehicle is a global provider of lift trucks.
Doosan Industrial Vehicle, which made South Korea's first domestically produced forklift, is working with Kollmorgen to develop automated guided vehicles for materials handling.

South Korean forklift manufacturer Doosan Industrial Vehicle yesterday said it has partnered with Kollmorgen to develop and build efficient, sustainable, and reliable custom-made automated guided vehicles, or AGVs. The companies claimed that the innovation would secure their leading positions in the materials handling industry and exceed customer requirements.

“Our vehicles are a preferred choice among many of the world’s blue-chip companies,” stated Chankyo Chung, vice president at Doosan Industrial Vehicle (DIV). “That requires us to always be at the forefront of technology and deliver reliable products to the highest of standards. We selected Kollmorgen for that exact reason—being a partner that invests heavily in R&D with a proven track record of solid automation solutions.”

Since rolling out the first South Korean-built forklift in 1968, DIV said it has grown to become a global industry leaders. Today, the company has a presence in more than 90 countries, with over 30,000 units sold.

Doosan Industrial Vehicle shares goals with Kollmorgen

Doosan lift truck

DIV makes lift trucks and AGVs. Source: Doosan

DIV's product line includes more than 179 vehicles ranging from cushion, electric, and pneumatic forklifts to reach trucks, stackers, and other warehouse vehicles. The company said its award-winning vehicles focus on performance, comfort, and ease of use.

“Doosan Industrial Vehicle has a solid reputation in the market for dependable performance and intelligent design,” said Tobias Byfeldt, vice president at Kollmorgen Automation. “Their philosophy is to build efficient products with a high longevity, which aligns closely to our own way of business.”

“Coincidentally, we both share a history of over 50 years of experience in the material handling industry – a combined knowhow of over 100 years that offers tremendous value to our joint customers,” he added.

Kollmorgen Automation said its NDC Solutions is an industry-leading platform that vehicle builders can use to create driverless logistics automation. The platform consists of both software to route vehicles efficiently plus hardware for navigation and control.

With Kollmorgen NDC8, customers can automate virtually any type of vehicle, AGV, or mobile robot and integrate it into any material handling application, in any industry, worldwide, said the company. It has also worked with Vanderlande on servicing autonomous forklifts.

From 5,000 to 55,000 pounds, Doosan said it offers the power and durability at an affordable price.

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Doosan Industrial Vehicle is a global provider of lift trucks.

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