KUKA Robotics Opens New Educational Facility

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 27, 2005— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced it will hold the grand opening of its Fox Valley Technical College facility in Appleton, Wisconsin on Friday, October 21st followed by a public open house event Saturday, October 22nd. The company will officially open the facility on Friday with a ribbon cutting dedication attended by invited local dignitaries and businesses. The facility will be dedicated by the Board of Fox Valley Technical College, Wisconsin political representatives and Bernd Liepert, CEO of KUKA Roboter gmbH. On Saturday KUKA's facility will be open to the public and will feature live demonstrations showcasing robotic solutions for a variety of applications including packaging, milling/grinding and welding. This will be the company's second training center in the United States with the other being located at KUKA Robotics US headquarters in Clinton Township, Michigan.

"The demand for professional training on KUKA robots continues to grow as we expand our business in North America," said Bernard Sagan, vice president of sales for KUKA Robotics Corporation. "The Appleton location is ideal as it is centrally located near many KUKA end-users and system partner facilities, and is in the industrial heartland of the US."

The 10,000 square foot training center will utilize KUKA robots and software to teach 27 different programming, application and maintenance classes to KUKA Robotics' customers from across the U.S. Courses will be offered in robot programming, servicing, and cell design. A highlight of the curriculum at the College will be the training program for qualification as a KUKA Certified Robot Professional. Participants will learn what is needed to become a fully-qualified robot expert. Graduates' skills will be verified and documented by means of a final examination in each area, leading to a diploma as a KUKA Certified Robot Professional in one of the three technical fields: Robot Technician, Robot Programmer or Robot Administrator.

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 and in multiple 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.

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