Kuka says it has won what it describes as a “major contract” for body-in-white production from Mercedes-Benz. Body-in-white is the stage in automobile manufacturing in which a car body’s frame has been joined together – before the engine and anything else has been installed, or the body painted.
Kuka says it was able to convince the German premium car manufacturer of the deal towards the end of last year.
The order from Mercedes-Benz is for the engineering and construction, as well as the assembly and commissioning, of several body-in-white production lines. In the future, various vehicle models will be produced in this way.
Out of four packages offered for the essential components of a body shop line, Kuka was able to win the customer for all four packages. Kuka is using its extensive technological expertise and several hundred Kuka industrial robots for the customer’s flexible production strategy.
Gerald Mies, CEO Kuka Systems, says: “We are proud that Kuka is convincing here with its comprehensive expertise and decades of experience in the automation of the automotive industry.”
This latest contract follows on from Kuka’s success in winning another major order from Volkswagen for the production of its fully electric vehicle, the ID.Buzz.