The event started with a tour of Dürr’s technical center. This is where the company develops products and tests processes for an energy- and resource-efficient painting process.
Dr. Jochen Weyrauch, a member of the Dürr Group’s Board of Management, then talked about the company’s new technologies for efficient production. These include overspray-free paint application, for which there is already strong demand. This method is particularly suitable for two-tone painting and customized vehicle painting. It enables paint to be applied in bands with millimeter-precision and without any wastage, i.e. without producing any overspray. “Our customers benefit not only from the lower paint consumption, but also from the fact that the paint is applied in a single step, without any intermediate drying or laborious masking. This saves time and energy and prevents wastage”, says Dr. Jochen Weyrauch, highlighting the benefits of this innovation.
The Dürr Group also offers software solutions which help to enhance production efficiency. Dr. Jochen Weyrauch believes digitization offers new market opportunities: “Our digital products indicate early on, for example, when maintenance is required. Smart, data-based analyses improve the production process. This increases system availability and reduces outages.”
During the course of the event, which was presented by the well-known TV journalist Nina Ruge, selected business representatives shed light on the current situation and on future prospects in the energy efficiency sector. Among the speakers were Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg; and Thomas Bareiß, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The closing speech was given by Dr. Ing. E.h. Heinz Dürr, Honorary Chairman of the Dürr AG Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Stuttgart University’s EEP. He sent a clear message to the political representatives: “If last year it was all about ‘efficiency first’ at the Ministry of Economics, while this year the word ‘efficiency’ has already dropped off the radar, then surely something must be very wrong.” He believes politicians must provide incentives to make it worthwhile for companies to invest in energy-efficient technology. Heinz Dürr is convinced that “there is definitely room for improvement!”