KUKA Robotics Sponsored FIRST Robotics Team Wins Regional Robotics Challenge

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 24, 2007— KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced that the Oak Park Knights 1216 of Oak Park, Michigan sponsored by KUKA Robotics recently won the San Diego regional competition and placed 30th out of 86 teams in their division in the national finals in Atlanta April 11-15. Teams from every state competed in the national finals. The FIRST Robotics program teams engineers from businesses with high school students who work together to brainstorm, design and build a working robot to a prescribed engineering challenge that then participates in a robotic sports challenge against other teams. The program gives students a hands-on & inside look at the engineering profession and is another portion of KUKA Robotics' Education Initiative.

"Everyone at KUKA is again proud of the Oak Park Knights 1216. We believe programs such as the FIRST Robotics competitions are excellent examples of projects that inspire and hopefully encourage students to pursue robotics and engineering as careers," said Stuart Shepherd, president of KUKA Robotics Corporation.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a varsity sport of the mind designed to help young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. The KUKA sponsored Oak Park Knights 1216 team competed in this year's "Rack N Roll" challenge where alliances of three teams compete against each other to place inner tubes on a central "Rack". More information on the team and the awards can be found at the team's website at http://www.team1216.com/knights/thisseason/index.asp.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world's most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Vex Challenge for high-school students, the FIRST LEGO(R) League for children 9-14 years old, and the Junior FIRST LEGO League for 6 to 9 year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

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 75,000 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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Kevin Kozuszek, Director of Marketing, 248-819-0230
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