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KUKA Systems Books Major Orders as Part of Record Second Quarter Sales

KUKA Robotics Corporation

As part of record second quarter sales, KUKA Systems, the global systems integrator, booked major orders from the automotive sector to build manufacturing lines in China and Spain.

The China order, from a premium German automaker, includes nine manufacturing lines, for new car body and parts assembly, an assembly and finishing line and for building subassemblies such as front and rear doors, fenders, engine hoods and tailgates. The Spanish order, from a large car parts supplier, comprises engineering and construction for four highly flexible manufacturing lines that will produce body sections such as front and rear sliding doors and tailgates for various vehicles.

KUKA Systems Group, headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, registered sales of EUR 252 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, 29.7 percent more than for the same quarter of 2011. Those sales also partly reflect several orders for its specialty Magnetarc and friction welding machines received from automotive customers in the first half of 2012. The company is a global leader in industrial welding systems. Its innovations include developing Magnetarc welding, a pressure welding process that relies on a magnetically driven arc under shielding gas.

During the second quarter, the aerospace division, based in Sterling Heights, also provided engineering and other advance services for a production line for Bell Helicopter’s new 525 Relentless super medium class helicopter. In July, Bell announced it had appointed KUKA Systems to be its supplier partner for building the assembly line.

About KUKA Systems
KUKA Systems is an international supplier of flexible automation systems for the Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, Logistics and Industrial Solutions segments. Some 3,600 employees worldwide work on ideas, concepts and solutions for automated production and the provision of products and services for virtually all tasks in the industrial processing of metallic and non-metallic materials. The range of products and services is marketed internationally via subsidiaries and sales offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia. KUKA Systems Corporation North America based in Sterling Heights, MI is responsible for the North American business and the worldwide aerospace division.

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