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									For Immediate Release

Press and Industry Analysts:
Kevin Kozuszek
Marketing Manager
248.819.0230 (voice)
866.329.5852 (fax)


Fox Valley Technical College Selected to Operate KUKA Certified Applications
Training Program

Clinton Township, Michigan— March 16, 2005 –KUKA Robotics Corporation, a
leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, today announced its newest KUKA
College training center. The company has selected Fox Valley Technical College
(FVTC) to operate its new national robotics training center at the college’s Appleton,
Wisconsin facility. FVTC will teach 27 different program application and maintenance
classes to KUKA Robotics’ customers from across the U.S. It will also utilize the
supplied KUKA robots and software to teach the college’s enrolled student base in
programs such as manufacturing systems, metal fabrication/welding and machine
tool technician.

―Customers want to combine robot product training with process knowledge to
maximize productivity,‖ said Bernard J. Sagan, vice president of sales for KUKA
Robotics Corporation. ―Fortunately KUKA pioneered this approach with the KUKA
college program, and FVTC is a perfect fit as it offered a unique mix of academic
excellence and real world experience in understanding manufacturing solutions for
production problems.‖

KUKA Robotics’ KUKA College program was developed for robot service
technicians, programmers, and administrators. Courses are offered in robot
programming, servicing, and cell design. A highlight of the curriculum at the College
is the training program for qualification as a KUKA Certified Robot Professional.
Participants learn what is needed to become a fully-qualified robot expert. Graduates'
skills are verified and documented by means of a final examination in each area,
leading to a diploma as a KUKA Certified Robot Professional in one of the three
technical fields: Robot Technician, Robot Programmer or Robot Administrator.

The new KUKA training center, projected to open in August 2005, will be located in
FVTC’s new Manufacturing Technology Partnership Center, a 10,000 square foot
facility located near the college’s Appleton campus. As part of the agreement KUKA
Robotics Corporation will install approximately $1 million worth of equipment and
software in existing labs and fully train select FVTC faculty. The agreement is
expected to be approved by the FVTC Foundation, the Wisconsin Technical System
Board shortly.

KUKA™ Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH,
Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots,
with an annual production volume approaching 10,000 units, and an installed base of
over 60,000 units. The company’s 5 and 6 axis robots range from 3kg to 500kg
payloads, and 635mm to 3700mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based
controller platform. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including
the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food,
pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries and in multiple applications
including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing,
welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing. For more information contact KUKA
Robotics at 866-873-5852 or online at


The KUKA logo is a registered trademark of KUKA Roboter GmbH. KUKA is a trademark of KUKA Roboter
GmbH. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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