Press Release

Dürr delivers latest-generation painting robots for electric vehicles

Bietigheim-Bissingen, August 20, 2018 – A new Dürr paint shop will soon be operational at Sokon, a Chinese manufacturer of electric cars. Various all-electric SUV models will be painted at the Chongqing plant. It will be the first plant in China to benefit from the extreme mobility of the Dürr EcoRP E043i painting robot with its seven motion axes. This is part of the third and latest generation of robots offered by the world-market leader in automotive painting technology.

Dürr received the order in 2017 and, as general contractor, will deliver the entire paint shop. At Sokon, 60 latest-generation robots will be used for interior and exterior painting. Another 20 robots will seal welded seams and apply insulating material.

The paint shop for Sokon contains innovative digital solutions for optimizing production. The robots are equipped with sensors, which measure the temperature, the number of operating hours and the components' degree of wear, among other things. The smart EcoRCMP2 controller transmits the information to the higher-level maintenance and control system. Dürr's newly developed manufacturing execution system (MES) software for production control will also be used.

Ralf W. Dieter
CEO of Dürr AG

The paint shop for Sokon supports two important trends in the automotive industry: the efficient production of electric vehicles and the optimization of production processes using smart, digital technologies.


The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms with extensive expertise in automation and digitization/Industry 4.0. Products, systems and services offered by the Group enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Dürr supplies sectors like the automotive industry, the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and the woodworking industry. The company has 92 business locations in 31 countries. The Group generated sales of € 3.71 billion in 2017. Dürr has around 15,000 employees and operates in the market with five divisions:

  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paint shops and final assembly systems for the automotive industry
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
  • Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy efficiency technology
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing equipment as well as assembly, testing and filling technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry

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