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KUKA at automatica 2022

For KUKA this trade show in Munich was a home game. Four days, 574 exhibitors from 35 countries and thousands of discussions at the world's leading trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics: The automatica is over and we look back.


The technology venue in Munich focused on the four megatrends of Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Man and Machine, and Sustainable Production. "It's overwhelming to stand here and finally welcome you all back in person," said KUKA CEO Peter Mohnen in his address to the KUKA team on day 1 of the show. "Looking around, KUKA has come up with quite a few things in recent years: from our expanded portfolio with the LBR iisy, the KR FORTEC or our KR SCARA, to iiQKA or KUKA.Sim - just to name a few." We have set off product fireworks - with solutions that are as powerful as they are easy to use.

KUKA at automatica 2022: These were the highlights

On the KUKA booth it was all about automation for everyone.

Home game with Timo Boll

On the second day of the trade fair, long-time KUKA brand ambassador and table tennis star Timo Boll was on hand. He saw for himself how easy the LBR iisy is to use before competing in a table tennis match against Peter Mohnen and selected KUKA system partners. "At first, it was strange to be among so many people and shake hands again," says Timo Boll. "But it is important for the industry that normality returns. Only the Chinese visitors are noticeably missing." Boll is alluding to the pandemic-related travel restrictions in China. The number of exhibitors has also dropped significantly, from a record high of 890 in 2018 to 574 now.

That was also possible at automatica 2022: a table tennis match against Timo Boll at the KUKA booth.

Automation for everyone

One of the aims of automatica is to bring together industry, research and politics for a forward-looking exchange. And it has succeeded in doing so: The visit by Bavarian Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger to the KUKA booth was all about automation for everyone - including SMEs. The focus was also on the latest trends in our industry, demonstrated in concrete terms by the KUKA Cobot LBR iisy.

The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs also visited the KUKA booth at automatica 2022 and spoke with KUKA CEO Peter Mohnen about the latest trends in the industry.

Pay-on-production: KUKA Systems and FlexFactory announce cooperation

During the trade fair, KUKA Systems and FlexFactory GmbH by MHP, Munich Re and Porsche announced a strategic cooperation to jointly offer pay-on-production. The aim of the cooperation is to offer customers adaptable production capacities that are booked as a service. Customers can thus focus entirely on product development and customer satisfaction without having to bear investment costs. By the way: The trade show will already take place again next year. The automatica thus changes its original two-year rhythm to the odd years.

 
Gerald Mies, CEO of KUKA Systems and Dr. Phillipp Hypko, CEO of FlexFactory announced a strategic cooperation at automatica 2022.
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