Press Release

Pearson honored as packaging leader in picking, packing and palletizing integration by FANUC America

Spokane, WA – Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the acquisition of robotic solutions provider, Flexicell, Pearson Packaging Systems is being recognized by FANUC as the largest picking, packing and palletizing provider in the packaging industry.

Held February 10-12 in Scottsdale, Arizona, FANUC’s 2019 Authorized System Integrator (ASI) Conference, draws FANUC distributors from across the US and serves as a platform to discuss industry trends, introduce new technologies and provide networking opportunities. During this year’s event, Pearson was acknowledged for the volume of robots sold totaling 110 in a 10-month period. The second award recognized Pearson’s sales growth from 2017 to 2018, which reached well over 250%. Even if the acquisition of Flexicell is taken into account, the combined organization’s robot sales grew more than 80% over the previous year.

“We are extremely pleased with the synergistic effects the acquisition of Flexicell has created for Pearson. Each brand’s customer base recognized the strengths both organizations brought in terms of experience, specialized product expertise, and breadth of product portfolio covering all aspects of top-loaded secondary packaging equipment and integration needs,” declares Michael Senske, President and CEO of Pearson Packaging Systems. “The addition of an east coast manufacturing location in close proximity to a large portion of our customer base—as well as extended business hours covering three time zones—enables us to be more customer-centric, available where and when they need us.”

Pearson, who is also a FANUC Certified Service Provider with rigorous robotic training in mechanical and electrical operation, preventive and reactive maintenance, advanced software programming, troubleshooting and safety is well positioned to support the accelerated adoption of robots in the industry. According to FANUC, in 2018, for the first time, the general industry including packaging, surpassed the automotive industry—long-term automation pioneer—in total sales volume.

“Our customers increasingly see the value robots provide to their operation. In terms of reliability and flexibility, and ultimately total cost of ownership (TCO) robotic solutions are indisputably delivering superior returns over their mechanical alternatives”, adds Stuart Cooper, Pearson’s Chief Revenue Officer who accepted the ASI recognition on Pearson’s behalf.