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Kuka receives ‘major contract’ from US automotive company

Kuka says it has received a “major systems engineering contract” from one of the largest US automotive manufacturers.

The industrial robot maker did not name the customer but says the order volume lies in the “high double-digit million euro range”.

The contract is for the design and installation of a highly flexible manufacturing system to produce body components for a mid-size vehicle in the sport utility car segment.

At the customer’s plant, automated joining processes are to be integrated for production of the engine compartment, underbody and upper-lower “marriage”, or joining, of the vehicle. The start of production is scheduled for 2020.

“We are very proud of the new contract, which underscores the many years of close cooperation with our customer. At the same time, this contract highlights our expertise in the automotive sector – one of our most important growth markets,” said Dr Till Reuter, CEO of Kuka.