KUKA Systems GmbH (KUKA) is a member of KUKA Aktiengesellschaft (Augsburg), which is the market leader in Germany and Europe and the number two industrial robot supplier in the world. It grew out of the company Keller und Knappich (KUKA), which was founded in 1898. KUKA Systems is one of the world's leading providers of engineering services and manufacturers of flexible automatic production systems. Customers of KUKA Systems are companies from the automotive, aerospace, solar industries, rail vehicle construction industry and energy among others. Their range of performance encompasses products and services for almost all applications in the industrial processing of metallic or non‐metallic materials. Some 3,500 employees in over 15 countries work for the production solutions of the future. Most recently a group within KUKA Systems was formed that deals with new assembly technologies based on the KUKA lightweight robot. The group’s aim is to seek new end users and develop innovative application solutions in areas and branches where automation is not possible today.