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KUKA Systems selected as supplier partner for Bell 525 Relentless production line

July 10, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – AUGSBURG, Germany, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Bell
Helicopters has named KUKA Systems, the global leader in assembly line
design, as its supplier partner for developing the manufacturing line
for the new Bell 525 Relentless super medium-class commercial
helicopter. “The production line will assemble the entire airframe -
from ‘nose cone to tail cone’ “, says Robert Reno, Group Vice
President, Aerospace Division, KUKA Systems Corporation North America.

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“We’re honored Bell has chosen us as a partner for this
category-defining project. In future, the industry will regard this
assembly line as a world class, technical manufacturing solution,” says
Lawrence A. Drake, CEO of KUKA Systems Group. “It also demonstrates how
KUKA Systems is coming on strong as the aerospace industry’s premier
supplier of advanced production concepts. This project leverages our
world-leading expertise in building partly or fully automated assembly
lines for automotive, aerospace and other industries with our
specialized knowledge of aerospace manufacturing.”

“Design and engineering work is under way for the Bell 525 Relentless
production line. “When the design is finalized and all tooling and
processes are confirmed the Bell 525 should become the second largest
line KUKA Systems has built in the North American aerospace sector”,
says Reno. The largest is the Integrated Assembly Line being built for
Northrop Grumman Corporation to construct the fuselage of the F35-II
joint strike fighter program. The success of that project already has
earned KUKA Systems Supplier of the Year honors from Northrop Grumman.

The Bell 525 Relentless will be a hybrid of composite material and
metal, requiring different processes and tooling. The line is scheduled
for setup in Bell’s Amarillo, TX, plant. Bell has said it hopes to have
the 525 certified shortly after that.

The Bell 525 Relentless will have a maximum gross weight of 18,000
pounds plus, and will be capable of carrying up to 16 passengers at a
top speed of 260 kilometers an hours (161.5/mph) for distances up to
740 kilometers (460 miles). It’s destined to become the largest civil
helicopter Bell has ever built.

About KUKA Systems

Headquartered in Augsburg/Germany, KUKA Systems is an international
supplier of engineering services and flexible automation systems for
the Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, Logistics and Industrial Solutions
segments. Some 3,600 employees worldwide work on ideas, concepts and
solutions for automated production and the provision of products and
services for virtually all tasks in the industrial processing of
metallic and non-metallic materials. The range is presented and
marketed internationally via the subsidiaries and sales offices in
Europe, America and Asia. KUKA Systems recorded an order volume of
around Euro 850.7 million for the 2011 business year.

KUKA Systems Corporation North America based in Sterling Heights MI is
responsible for the North American business and the worldwide aerospace
division. KUKA’s Aerospace division focuses on all aspects of tooling
and assembly processes for aircraft manufacturing.

SOURCE KUKA Systems Corporation North America

Source: PR Newswire