KUKA ROBOTICS CORPORATION OPENS NEW NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS

Purpose-built facility offers the latest in robotic technology and customer support.

December 6, 2011 - Shelby Township, MI - KUKA Robotics Corporation, a subsidiary of KUKA Roboter GmbH, one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial robots, is pleased to announce the opening of their new North American headquarters building in Shelby Township, Michigan, USA.

The new facility is home to KUKA Robotics' USA-based sales, applications, project engineering, service, parts, training and administrative staff, plus North American business leadership personnel. Half of the building is dedicated to "hands-on" experiences with the latest robotics technologies, products, and training. Stocks of robots and parts are also on-hand to meet ever increasing pressure for fast delivery.
KUKA Robotics' Vice President - Sales and Marketing, James Cooper, states, "The location is well suited to KUKA's robot expanded business and market needs to offer in-depth local support of products and services to KUKA's growing customer base. We continue to expand our staff to provide sales, service and engineering support for our customers. Our focus is to make sure customers, both machine integrators and end-users, are provided an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in robotic technology and show them how we can help improve manufacturing productivity."
KUKA Robotics' CEO and Area Manager, Stu Shepherd, states: "The new Shelby Township facility is the second and largest of four buildings planned by KUKA Robotics opening in North America in between the third quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 to extend KUKA's reach and customer support. The two remaining facilities include a replacement building for the operations in Mexico City, and a new branch location in California."
KUKA Robotics core competencies include the development, production, and sale of industrial robots, controllers, software, linear units, and omniMove™ omni-directional motion platforms. KUKA robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to 3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform and are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, entertainment, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries as well as multiple applications including carbon fiber lay-up, material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing.
KUKA Robotics is the market leader in Germany and Europe, and number three in the world. The KUKA Robot Group employs about 2,100 people worldwide. In 2010, sales of the Robot Group totaled 435,7 million Euro. Twenty-five subsidiaries provide a presence in the major markets of Europe, the Americas and Asia.

About the KUKA Robot Group
KUKA Robotics Corporation along with KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg Germany (part of the KUKA Aktiengesellschaft group of worldwide companies), ranks among the world's leading suppliers 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 as well as multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. KUKA robots range from 5kg to 1300kg payloads, and 635mm to 3900mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. KUKA is the market leader in Germany and Europe, and number three in the world. The KUKA Robot Group employs about 2,350 people worldwide. In 2010, sales totaled 435,7 million Euro. Twenty-five 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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