KUKA supplies 225 industrial robots in the growth market China
Strategic collaboration with systems strategic partner Huaheng develops very successfully
4 November 2010
Huaheng, Kunshan, the leading Chinese engineering company for automated welding of heavy metal plates, placed another frame contract with KUKA Roboter GmbH for a total of 225 industrial robots. The robots will be ordered delivered over the course of 2011. KUKA had already landed a frame contract from the company for the supply of 100 industrial robots this financial year (cf. press release dated May 31, 2010).
The collaboration with systems partner Huaheng is developing very successfully. Both companies initiated the cooperation in May 2008. By the end of 2009, Huaheng had already ordered 108 industrial robots from KUKA. Another 106 were ordered during the current financial year on the basis of the initial blanket agreement. The newest frame contract for the supply of 225 robots thus marks a considerable expansion of the business in the BRIC countries.
Huaheng Welding Co. Ltd., Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, is the leading plant engineering company for automated welding of heavy metal plates and, among others, supplies Chinese construction equipment manufacturers such as SANY, XCMG and Longkin. The robots from the new frame contract with KUKA will be used in a production facility for excavators, crane and wheel loaders in China.
Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG, underscores the importance of this customer in the growth market of China, “Together with our strategic systems partner Huaheng we want to develop the strong, growing market for automated manufacturing plants and systems in China.”
Huaheng was founded in 1995 and is one of the first Chinese companies to have specialized in automated welding systems. Huaheng currently has around 500 employees. The company headquarters are in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. Huaheng is a member of the national torchhigh-technology program in China.