Press Release

Dürr upgrades world’s largest test center for painting technology / Space for robot assembly significantly extended

Bietigheim-Bissingen, July 18, 2013 - Dürr is spending almost € 10 m euros on further expanding its headquarters because of the positive growth prospects: the world’s largest test center for painting technology in Bietigheim-Bissingen has been redesigned and upgraded. The company has also invested in a third facility for robot assembly.

“We are receiving more and more requests for painting trials. We have extended the Test Center to meet this demand. The new production facility means that we have now expanded our total robot assembly operations on the Bietigheim site by 6,600 m2 to 17,900 m2. This represents an improvement in our operational workflows because we can dispense with the premises in the locality which we had rented because of the high demand in the last few years,” explains Dr. Hans Schumacher, Head of the Application Technology division (robot and application technology).

State-of-the-art technology has been installed in the Test Center Paint. Customers from the automotive industry can test and optimize their painting processes under realistic conditions before going into mass production. 13 different painting processes can be carried out in the modern booth – tailored to customers’ requirements.

Robot assembly systems were installed and commissioned in the new production facility in the last few weeks. Areas have also been created for logistics and quality assurance operations. The new building is connected to the existing assembly facilities via a corridor.

The automotive industry is continuing to plan a large number of investment projects, for example for automating the process of painting vehicle interiors which was still mainly carried out manually until recently. Dürr is contributing to the development of highly efficient painting processes with its innovative technologies.

In 2012 the company shipped 1,350 robots (2011: 1,090). A total of 1,862 employees work at the company headquarters, 749 of them in the Application Technology division.

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 industries. 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, specializes in processes to improve energy efficiency and exhaust air purification. Dürr has 52 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,800 employees. The Group achieved sales revenues of € 2.4 billion in 2012.

 

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