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.
Electricité Générale pour la Marine et l’Industrie (Egemin) was founded in 1947 at Sint-Pietersvliet in Antwerp. The company specialised in naval electricity repair work and was founded by Theo Pomierski, entrepreneur, philosopher and artist.
At the World Fair in 1958 in Brussels, Egemin agreed a 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
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 hey-day 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.
Industrial processes and logistics automation
At the end of the 80s, the family company Egemin Automation moved to industrial shareholder status under the leadership of Donald Pans. Sidmar, now Arcelor-Mittal, and Saab gave Egemin Automation extra possibilities. There then followed a period of strong autonomous growth. Knowledge company Egemin Automation profiles itself as a supplier of automation for the process industry
Active in the United States
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. Together with the management, they took over Egemin Automation. With the takeover of Schlafhorst Automation in Michigan, Egemin Automation made the leap over the Atlantic...
Focus on core business
Egemin Automation increasingly provides consulting services and is developing lifecycle services
. The company continues to provide automation in the first place with notable products of its own for specific niches, such as the renowned automatic guided vehicles E’gv®
Egemin Automation aims for further growth in industrial and logistics automation. In 2007 the baton was passed on to a new management team. The current corporate management team consists of Jan Vercammen (CEO), Geert Stienen (CFO) and Jo Janssens (COO).