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Daifuku and Jervis B. Webb

blazing force in the area of material handling systems.
The company has played an important role in establishing
the Ford system. This mass production method uses chain
conveyors to move automobile bodies through the assembly and finishing process.
The method created a revolution in industrial production when Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor
Company, first implemented this technology. Chain conveyors remain one of Webb's leading products.
In addition, Webb provides airport baggage handling systems, automatic guided vehicles, automated storage and
retrieval systems and other products for the automobile
industry, the air transportation industry and other general
manufacturing industries.
Before acquiring Webb, Daifuku had entered into a technology partnership with Webb in 1957. Webb manufactured and sold chain conveyor technology that Daifuku
credits for making great contributions to the development
of the automobile industry in Japan. Daifuku and Webb
maintained a close business relationship for 40 years prior
to joining forces.
Daifuku and Webb consider their relationship to be mutually complementary because there's very little overlap in
the customers they serve and in the products they offer. The
two companies also have a similar corporate culture as both
are material handling system manufacturers and have had a
long-term technology partnership.
In addition, Webb brought many advantages to Daifuku.
Webb is a well-known brand in the United States and has a
wealth of labor resources in North America and through its
local affiliates in India.
daifuku provides value to
clients as a manufacturer as
well as a system integrator.

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