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Press Release

Dürr receives Volkswagen Group Award

Bietigheim-Bissingen, August 28, 2012 - Volkswagen de México has presented Dürr with one of the sought-after Volkswagen Group Awards. The Mexican Group company Dürr de México, which is based in Querétaro, has received the award for its excellent performance at the VW factory in Puebla. In 2010 and 2011, Dürr de México installed more than 100 painting robots there together with colleagues from Germany. The robots are used, among other things, for the interior painting of passenger car bodies as well as bumper painting. Paint booths and conveyor systems were also modified in the course of the robot installation. In addition, Dürr delivered a washing system, in which car bodies are cleaned between primer and base coat application. Bruno Welsch, President at Dürr Systems North America, said during the award ceremony in Puebla: “This award recognizes the strengths that Dürr stands for: employee commitment, decades of experience and innovative technologies, which help our customers increase their production efficiency.”

This year, the Volkswagen Group Award went to 18 suppliers from North America. It is presented by Volkswagen to honor the excellent performance of parts, equipment and services suppliers serving its factories in Chattanooga (USA) and Puebla (Mexico).

Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates a good 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with four divisions. Paint and Assembly Systems plans and builds paint shops and final assembly systems for the automobile and aircraft industry. Application Technology provides automated paint application, sealing, and glueing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used for balancing and cleaning and in engine and transmission manufacturing as well as in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, is focused on processes to improve energy efficiency and on exhaust air purification. Dürr has 50 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,300 employees. The Group achieved sales of € 1.9 billion in 2011.