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KUKA as an employer

Just like our customers, we are focused on responding to the needs of the market, and as such, KUKA places the customer at the centre of all we do.

As an internationally operating technology corporation, we offer our customers everything they need from a single source: from the core component – the robot – to cells and fully automated solutions. Industry 4.0 is bringing the smart, digital factory and flexible manufacturing concepts to the fore.

As one of the leading suppliers of intelligent automation, our products and solutions have been simplifying the lives and work of people around the world for more than 100 years.

Are you interested in a career with a successful future? The world’s leading supplier of automated solutions, plant and systems engineering will get you there.

Choose to work for KUKA and join us in shaping Industry 4.0.

KUKA in the UK

In the United Kingdom, KUKA operates from three locations in the West Midlands – Wednesbury, Halesowen, and Redditch. Each of these locations represents a KUKA division. In addition to sharing a region, the three locations have one other thing in common: their passion for KUKA as a company and its technological innovation.

KUKA Robotics

In the Robotics division, the focus lies on the core component for automation, the robot. Robotics develops, assembles and sells industrial and service robots together with robot controllers, software and services.

KUKA Robotics UK Limited, Wednesbury, Birmingham

KUKA Systems

The Systems division offers its customers customized solutions for production processes. In 1994, KUKA Systems acquired machine manufacturer Thompson Friction Welding (UK), helping KUKA become one of the global market leaders in this field. The friction welding machines can be used to manufacture components for a range of industries.

KUKA Systems UK Limited, Halesowen


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Swisslog UK Limited, Redditch

The KUKA philosophy

In addition to our UK offices, KUKA employs around 14,000 people in more than 30 countries. The closeness of the locations in the UK means we can work collaboratively towards our common goal of shaping the future through automation.

Despite the size of the business, KUKA has the characteristics of a medium-sized company. The company’s hierarchies are flat and responsibility at KUKA rests with a wide range of individuals. KUKA has been successfully making its mark as a global player since the mid-1990s.

Tradition meets innovation

The development of KUKA as a company has been remarkable: founded in 1898 by Johann Josef Keller and Jakob Knappich as the Augsburg Acetylene Factory, the company is now the market leader in the production of industrial robots and automated systems and plants.

Today, we are a globally known organisation, and have offered our insights in Industry 4.0 to world-known figures like Angela Merkel and Barack Obama. Our primary shareholder, Midea, recently took its ownership stake in KUKA to almost 95% in a move seen not only as a great boost for the business, but also a major vote of confidence in our future prospects.

KUKA success story:  Customer Services Consultant, Jonathan Pick

When I finished my business and management course at Birmingham University, I knew I wanted to work in sales. I gained some good experience in working with people in a customer-facing position, but decided I wanted to move on and attended a graduate open day.

The managing director of KUKA Robotics, Jeff, approached me about a sales role, with a view to moving into robotics sales. As the industry was quite technical, I was nervous that I didn’t have the expertise, but I was assured I would learn on the job.

The role has been brilliant from day one. When I started, I was given an excellent insight into KUKA, and I still discover new things every day - even after two years.

Portrait of Jonathan Pick in front of KUKA logo background

It is the kind of job where you continue to learn and the senior management are really supportive, offering training on negotiation, presentation skills and how to sell specific products.

Jonathan Pick, Customer Service Consultant at KUKA

In my first year, I learned more than I did throughout my entire education!

It is really exciting to be part of a company that is focused on the future, and recognises the hidden potential in people that can help drive the business forward. Robotics is the future, and I feel proud to be part of that. My passion has only grown as my role has progressed, especially when working with big name customers!

KUKA has a family feel, where everyone makes you feel welcome and part of the team. Nothing is ever too much trouble, even with the senior managers, and that makes you feel appreciated. In the past, I have been told you don’t come to work to make friends, but at KUKA you can’t help it – everyone is so friendly and keen to see you develop.

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