KUKA invests in the Augsburg site
Augsburg, 31 July 2017 – KUKA is investing in its home location Augsburg. In the coming years, the automation specialist will invest more than 100 million euro in the expansion and modernization of its headquarters in the east of Augsburg.
“KUKA has developed into a worldwide innovation leader in Industrie 4.0 in recent years,” says Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “A key factor in this global success are KUKA’s German roots. We are investing in our home location and thus in our innovative strength.”
The construction project includes a new parking garage with 1,000 spaces, a new, two-level production hall as well as a new training center and an office tower. The new buildings are to be completed successively by 2025 and will provide room for a total of 1,600 workstations. This will not only create opportunities for new jobs and a modern working environment, but also compensate for the current shortage of space. Beyond this, the planned KUKA Campus is intended to encourage start-ups and partnerships with other companies and the Augsburg Innovation Park.
“Our home location meets important prerequisites for our development. The participation in start-ups and partnerships with business and science represent key aspects here,” notes Dr. Reuter. “Augsburg offers us the right environment for this.” Last year in summer, KUKA already inaugurated its new Development and Technology Center on Zugspitzstrasse in Augsburg. Thanks to this new concept, the training and production areas as well as further office spaces will be incorporated into a structure that is modern and can be expanded on a modular basis.
There is global demand for automation technology “made in Bavaria”. Ilse Aigner, Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, explains: “KUKA’s investments in Augsburg are a clear commitment to the location. Here, KUKA offers high-skilled jobs and apprenticeships. On the other side of the equation, the company finds ideal conditions for innovation and growth in Augsburg and Bavaria.”
The City of Augsburg welcomed the automation expert’s investment. “With the expansion, KUKA is not just investing in its traditional location in Augsburg, but in the future as well,” states Dr. Kurt Gribl, Mayor of the City of Augsburg. “As a worldwide market leader in automation, KUKA is a global player from the region. With the KUKA Campus, the company is underscoring the importance of exchange with additional players from the business and scientific community for future viability and is continuing to expand existing cooperative ventures. This is a development which dovetails perfectly with the direction of the City of Augsburg.”