Customers invested more heavily and KUKA recorded a considerable increase in demand for robotics and automation solutions. Compared with the same period of the previous year, Group sales in the second quarter rose by 48.5% to €808.2 million. Orders received in-creased by 80.9% to nearly €1 billion. Orders received in the first half-year totaled just under €1.9 billion. KUKA thus recorded the second-highest level of orders received in the company’s history during this period.