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KUKA Robotics Corporation Names President of Newly Formed Canadian Subsidiary

KUKA Robotics Corporation

The Executive Board of KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd. names Chris Claringbold President of the newly formed Canadian subsidiary effective February 1, 2009.  Mr. Claringbold will lead the Canadian subsidiary in the support and expansion of the Canadian customer base.
 
Mr. Claringbold brings over 28 years of robotic automation experience to KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd. Prior to joining KUKA Robotics Canada, Mr. Claringbold was President and COO at one of the largest system integrators and automation companies in Canada. Key to Mr. Claringbold’s success will include past achievements working with robotic integrators while following the KUKA Robotics philosophy of strong working relationships with System Partners and integrators to provide the highest quality, innovative turnkey systems. His extensive experience also includes eight years of automotive experience while working for MAGNA International. Mr. Claringbold will report to Stu Shepherd, CEO – KUKA Robotics Canada Ltd. and President – KUKA Robotics Corporation (US).
 
Regarding the appointment of Mr. Claringbold, Martin Kuhnhen Managing Director of the Americas, KUKA Roboter GmbH states, “We are honoured to have Chris join KUKA Robotics as we continue to grow our Canadian base. With Chris’ proven experience as an automation leader we are confident that he will have a strong impact on KUKA’s business in the Canada and throughout the Americas.” Plans for the facility location and grand opening will be announced in the near future.
 
About the KUKA Robot Group
KUKA Robotics Canada, Ltd., with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg Germany (a group of KUKA Aktiengesellschaft), ranks among the world's leading supplier of industrial robots and material handling vehicles. Core competencies include the development, production, and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software, linear units, and omniMove™ omni-directional motion platforms. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries and in multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. The company’s robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to 3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe, and number three in the world.  The KUKA Robot Group employs about 2,200 people worldwide. Of these, 1,200 are employed in Germany, either at the KUKA Robot Group headquarters in Augsburg, or at various subsidiaries.  In 2008, sales totaled 474 million euro.  Twenty-six subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, the Americas and Asia. For more information contact KUKA Robotics at 866-873-5852 or visit their website at www.kukarobotics.com
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