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KUKA Systems-Boeing ‘matchmaking summit’ to seek new Michigan aerospace suppliers

January 31, 2014

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – It’s the manufacturing
world’s version of speed-dating: a day-long summit next Thursday, Feb.
6, with Boeing Corp and KUKA Systems North America LLC to help
potential aerospace suppliers find their niche in the supply chains of
the two companies. KUKA Systems and Boeing supply-chain teams have
identified over 50 procurement needs for which they would like to find
and qualify Michigan companies.

The supplier summit is being organized by Pure Michigan Business
Connect, an initiative of the State of Michigan. Gov Rick Snyder will
address the opening session. After hearing overviews from KUKA System
and Boeing about their respective requirements, suppliers will be able
to engage in one-on-one “matchmaking meetings” with officials of the
two companies to see how they might fill those needs. Over 500 supplier
representatives have registered for the fully-subscribed event. Some
are current KUKA Systems suppliers for the automotive sector whose
products or services might be adaptable to aerospace manufacturing.

Boeing has direct supplier needs, while KUKA Systems, one of the world’s
leading systems integrators for the automotive industry, is supplying
the aerospace giant with advanced manufacturing systems – engineering,
tooling and technology. KUKA Systems been expanding in the aerospace
sector by providing airframe manufacturers with productivity-enhancing
solutions based on the assembly line and automation concepts it has
developed for major automakers.

“This summit is an excellent diversification opportunity for some of our
Michigan suppliers that already support us in the automotive sector,”
says Robert Reno, head of the global KUKA Systems Aerospace Division.
“The aerospace industry tends to be less cyclical. An aircraft
development program has a long lead time, often several years, and that
plane will remain in production for even longer.”

“We commend KUKA Systems and Boeing for their commitment to growing
their business with Michigan suppliers,” said Michael A. Finney,
president and CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corp. “We estimate
that since Pure Michigan Business Connect launched, the program has
facilitated $1.6 billion in revenue for Michigan companies. This
supplier summit, with more than 50 procurement needs, will mean even
more growth opportunities for Michigan businesses.”

Event Date: Thursday 6(th) February, 2014

Location: General Motors Heritage Center

6400 Center Drive

Sterling Heights, MI 48312

Time: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Note to Media: Media are invited to attend the morning events, including Gov. Snyder’s
address. Please pre-register by contacting Jane Thompson at jane.thompson@kukanao.com or by phone at (586) 795-2000 (x4384). There will be an interview
availability with KUKA Systems and Boeing representatives.

ABOUT KUKA SYSTEMS:

KUKA Systems is the reliable specialist for innovative joining and
forming processes for a wide range of materials as well as one of the
world’s leading suppliers of automated production and assembly
solutions for sustainable industrial manufacturing. The international
system integrator stands out in systems, tool & die and special-machine
engineering thanks to customer focus, technological leadership and
superior solutions. Around 3,900 employees across all market sectors
are working on automation solutions for the products of tomorrow — from
engineering, project management and systems implementation through to
after-sales service. The KUKA Systems group achieved an order volume of
over EUR1.1 billion in Europe, Asia and the Americas in the 2012 business
year. KUKA Systems North America LLC, based in Sterling Heights.
Michigan, is part of KUKA Systems Group, a leading global supplier of
flexible manufacturing systems for the automotive, aerospace, railway,
energy and other industries in which highly automated processes and
other assembly line concepts are required.

ABOUT PURE MICHIGAN BUSINESS CONNECT:

Launched in 2011, Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private
alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, state
agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations that connects
in-state companies to business resources. Companies can find new ways
to raise capital, get access to professional business services at
little or no cost, connect with each other through a new
business-to-business network, and identify potential supplier
opportunities, while developing resources to improve their supply
chains.

SOURCE KUKA Systems Corporation North America


Source: PR Newswire



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