March 11, 2014      

Augsburg/Bordeaux: KUKA announced today that it has acquired ALEMA Automation SAS based in Bordeaux.

ALEMA supplies automation solutions to the aviation industry and has specialized applications expertise in the field of automated drilling and riveting of aircraft components.

Last year, the company generated sales revenues of $23M with seventy-five employees.

KUKA has gathered considerable experience and expertise delivering assembly systems to the aviation industry and has established a foothold in this market, especially in North America.

“There is currently a strong push in the aviation sector to automate,” explains Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG. “This acquisition gives us the key expertise we need to offer complete solutions to the sector. It also fits our growth strategy in the general industry business.”

Larry Drake, CEO of KUKA Systems North America, adds the following: “We know ALEMA because we have worked together on many projects. We thus look forward to close collaboration with our colleagues in France.”

ALEMA Automation was created in 1979 from the Areva Group (French Nuclear supplier). ALEMA Automation, presently a member of the ALEMA Group that was created in 2002 from a conglomerate of structural aircraft specialists.

The group generates over 90 percent of its revenues from leading aeronautical companies, including EADS (Airbus, Socata, Sogerma), Dassault Aviation, Safran Group (Turbomeca, Airecelle), Bombardier and Embraer.

ALEMA Group members: ALEMA Industry, ALEMA Concept, ALEMA Technology, ALEMA Automation and ALEMA Production (including ALEMA Slovakia) employ 250 people and deliver audit and design services in their respective areas of expertise, as well as building industrial production facilities – from equipment through to assembly lines – and robotics for processes and nondestructive testing.

Purchase price was not immediately disclosed.