TOLEDO, OH and AUGSBURG, Germany, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The KUKA Systems
manufacturing operation in Toledo, Ohio, produced its one millionth
body-in-white Jeep® Wrangler JK this month, the latest achievement for a facility that
ranks consistently among the most efficient body shops in the North
American auto industry.
KUKA Toledo Production Operations (KTPO), a wholly owned subsidiary of
KUKA Systems North America LLC, builds the body-in-white of all
Wranglers sold in the world - the classic two-door as well as the
four-door Wrangler Unlimited models - since it began operations in
2006. Body-in-white is the first shop in the assembly process that
welds the vehicle together.
KTPO is one of four plants comprising the Toledo Supplier Park, the only
venture of its type in North America. Two different suppliers, each in
its own building located at Chrysler Group LLC's Toledo Assembly
Complex, perform separate assembly functions for the Wrangler. Chrysler
operates both the paint, and trim, chassis and final assembly
facilities. Mobis is responsible for chassis production.
"I could not be more proud of our entire team for their commitment to
excellence in reaching this tremendous milestone and we look forward to
making our second million Wrangler bodies," says KTPO managing director
Jake Ladouceur. The highly automated KTPO plant, with 246 robots,
builds 822 Wrangler bodies a day.
Given consistently strong consumer demand for the Wrangler, Chrysler has
been increasing its output of vehicles. As a result, KTPO has adopted a
tag relief system, which allows the production to proceed nonstop
during each of the two daily shifts except during lunch breaks.
"KTPO has consistently delivered outstanding vehicles to the customer,"
says Ladouceur. "We have one of the best workforces in the United
States auto industry and an excellent working relationship with Local
12 of the United Auto Workers that ensures that product quality is a
collective focus for everyone."
With its recent acquisition of the automobile assembly-related assets of
Utica Companies of Shelby Township, Michigan, KUKA Systems North
America now is Number 1 supplier of manufacturing systems, including
complete body shops and assembly lines, to the North American
In designing and equipping KTPO, KUKA Systems created a showcase for its
expertise in welding and joining technologies and systems integration.
"Day in, day out, KTPO underscores how KUKA Systems can implement a
state-of-the-art body shop that meets the most demanding benchmarks for
quality and efficiency in the automotive industry worldwide," says
Larry A. Drake, president and CEO, KUKA System Group.
ABOUT KUKA SYSTEMS:
KUKA Systems, headquartered in Augsburg/Germany, is 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. Some
3,900 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
1,115.1 million euro for the 2012 business year. KUKA Systems North
America LLC, based in Sterling Heights, Michigan, is part of KUKA
Image with caption: "Production workers at KUKA Toledo Production Operations/KTPO gather around the 1,000,000th body-in-white Jeep Wrangler built at the seven-year-old plant in Ohio. The KTPO operation ranks consistently among the most efficient body shops in the North American auto industry - and is part of Chrysler's Toledo Supplier Park. (CNW Group/KUKA Systems Corporation North America)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130524_C9882_PHOTO_EN_27037.jpg
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