KUKA Robotics Signs New System Partner

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 23, 2006— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it has signed Automation Engineering Corporation (AEC) of Greenville, South Carolina as its newest system partner. AEC, a leading supplier of automated machinery and control systems, will integrate KUKA industrial robots into their new family of foundry automation cells. These customized cells are designed for casting, grinding, polishing, and material handling applications in the foundry industry.

"The worldwide casting market is one of KUKA's highest growth areas. Quality partners like AEC are key to our success," said Joe Campbell, director of strategic alliances for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "We believe the AEC foundry automation solutions will leverage KUKA robots to deliver unique and valuable solutions to foundries around the world."

"We have provided engineering solutions to the casting and foundry industry for many years. We are excited about the capability and features that KUKA offers to our next generation of customized solutions," said Gary Foster, president of Automation Engineering Corporation. "Feedback from customers has been extremely positive and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with KUKA Robotics."

Automation Engineering Corporation has provided factory automation and control system equipment and engineering services to manufacturers for twenty-five years. Founded in 1981 and located in Greenville, SC, the company is employee owned. AEC's highly trained and experienced staff is committed to improve clients' profitability with custom solutions, expertise and support throughout and after the project. AEC Quality Management System is registered to ISO 9001-2000 for design operations. For more information contact AEC at 864-679-8024 or visit their website at www.teamaec.com.

KUKA Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots, with an annual production volume approaching 10,000 units, and an installed base of over 60,000 units. The company's 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 570kg payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. 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. KUKA robots are found in a multitude of applications including: material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. For more information contact KUKA Robotics at 866-873-5852 or visit their website at www.kukarobotics.com.

The KUKA logo is a registered trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. KUKA is a trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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