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Bastian Solutions to Provide an Automated Distribution Center for the First Academic Medical Center in the Middle East

March 2012 (Doha, Qatar) – Bastian Solutions (, has been selected to design and install an automated sortation system to supply Sidra Medical and Research Center, the first academic medical center in the Middle East.

This distribution center will represent best practices in order fulfillment and feature an advanced tilt tray sorter, pick to light technologies, a warehouse management system (WMS), warehouse control system (WCS), and automated conveyor systems.

"Sidra will be a state-of-the-art medical facility, so it is important that the distribution center maintain an extremely high level of quality, provide quick response times, and provide high order accuracy to serve each patient," said Tim Woodward, lead systems consultant for the project.

Bastian was contracted by Construction Development Company L.L.C (CDC) to complete the automated material handling system, which is funded by Qatar Foundation, an organization supporting Qatar’s journey from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy.

"With Qatar’s strong economic growth and expanding presence in the Middle East, we believe it is an excellent location to open our next international office," said Nathan McClure, acting general manager of Bastian Qatar. "Bastian Qatar was officially established in late 2011, and we have since opened our office in Al Fardan Towers, located in Qatar’s prominent West Bay district."

Bastian Qatar has started installation of Qatar Foundation’s distribution center, which is expected to go live by the end of the year.

"This project is a great opportunity for best practices in distribution automation in the Middle East," said Bill Bastian II, president of Bastian Solutions. "With our previous experience in order
fulfillment for hospital campuses, we are confident this project will be a huge success for Sidra Medical and Research Center."


About Bastian Solutions
Bastian Solutions, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is one of the largest independent, material handling system integrators in the world. Since 1952, Bastian has been an innovator in the field of material handling and controls and has now grown to include 16 domestic and six international offices including: Canada, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Australia. For more information on the company, visit

About Qatar Foundation
Qatar Foundation's mission is to prepare the people of Qatar and the region to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and to make Qatar a leader in innovative education and research. To achieve that mission, QF supports a network of centers and partnerships with elite institutions, all committed to the principle that a nation's greatest natural resource is its people. Education City, Qatar Foundation's flagship project is envisioned as a Center of Excellence in education and research that will help transform Qatar into a knowledge-based society. For more information, visit

About Sidra Medical and Research Center
Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) is a landmark development planning to focus on three primary areas: patient care, medical education and biomedical research. Scheduled to open at the end of 2012, Sidra will be the first academic medical center in the Middle East. For more information, please visit

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