KUKA Robotics announces “major contract” with U.S automotive manufacturer
While they haven't disclosed who it is KUKA does cite "many years of close cooperation with our customer,” as a factor for the contract.
KUKA Robotics recently announced a contract with a U.S automotive company focused on the “installation of a highly flexible manufacturing system to produce body components for a mid-size vehicle in the sport utility car segment.”
At this point in time, the company keeping quiet on who exactly the contract is with, as CEO Till Reuter, states “We are very proud of the new contract, which underscores the many years of close cooperation with our customer.”
In the press release available on the Kuka website, it states that the “order volume lies in the high double-digit million euro range and was booked in the third quarter of 2018.” Additionally, at the undisclosed customer’s plant automated joining processes are to be integrated for the production of the engine compartment, underbody and upper/lower carriage of the vehicle. The start of production is scheduled for 2020.
In the past, they have have worked with Volkswagen, BMW, and Audi, so at this point, it’s a toss-up as to who the contract could be in partnership with. Once we know more we’ll update the story accordingly.