Traded asKU2
HeadquartersAugsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Key people
Peter Mohnen (CEO and chairman of the executive board) [1]
ProductsIndustrial robots, automated production lines
Revenue€3.5 billion (2017)[2]
€102.7 million (2017)[2]
€47.9 million (2017)[2]
Total assets€2,640.1 million (end 2017)[2]
Total equity€866.6 million (end 2017)[2]
OwnerMidea Group
Number of employees
14,256 (end 2017)[2]

KUKA is a manufacturer of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation. The KUKA Robotics Corporation has 25 subsidiaries worldwide, mostly sales and service subsidiaries, including in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Russia[3] and most European countries. The company name, KUKA, is an acronym for Keller und Knappich Augsburg.

It is owned by Midea Group.[4]


The company was founded in 1898 by Johann Josef Keller and Jacob Knappich

The company was founded in 1898 in Augsburg, Germany, by Johann Josef Keller and Jacob Knappich. At first, the company focused on house and street lights, but soon expanded to other products (welding equipment and solutions; big containers), to become the market leader in public vehicles in Europe by 1966. Keller & Knappich GmbH merged with part of Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe AG to become Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe Augsburg Aktiengesellschaft, eventually KUKA (Keller und Knappich Augsburg) for short.

In 1973, KUKA created its own industrial robot FAMULUS.[5][6] At that time, the company belonged to the Quandt group. However, in 1980, the Quandt family withdrew and a publicly owned firm was established. In 1995, the company was split into KUKA Robotics Corporation and KUKA Schweißanlagen (now KUKA Systems), now both subsidiaries of KUKA AG. The company is a member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and the German engineering association VDMA. Today, KUKA concentrates on solutions for the automation of industrial manufacturing processes.

In June 2016, Midea Group offered to buy Kuka for about €4.5 billion ($5 billion). Midea completed the takeover bid in January 2017 by taking 74.55% voting stake in the company.[7]

Most robots are finished in "KUKA Orange" (the official corporate color) or black.

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italiano: KUKA
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日本語: クーカ
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polski: KUKA
português: KUKA
русский: KUKA Roboter
suomi: KUKA
svenska: Kuka Roboter
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