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Automotive orders up at KUKA Systems

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 $330 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.