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Press Release

Dürr strengthens its cleaning technology business in India

Bietigheim-Bissingen, November 20, 2015 - Dürr is investing in the expansion of its cleaning technology business in India. On November 16, 2015, the Group acquired Indian supplier Mhitraa Engineering Equipment based in Chennai. Mhitraa is a leading local specialist for industrial cleaning systems. The company has close supplier relations with automotive and motorcycle manufacturers as well as engine suppliers in India.

The automotive industry uses industrial cleaning systems to clean workpieces such as engine and transmission components in the production process. With the Dürr Ecoclean Group, Dürr's Measuring and Process Systems division is the world market leader in cleaning technology, achieving sales of around € 200 million in this market segment. The acquisition of Mhitraa rounds off its cleaning technology portfolio: Dürr Ecoclean mainly serves the mid to high-end price and technology segment. Mhitraa, on the other hand, offers systems for the entry-level segment, which is particularly important in India.

Mhitraa has around 60 employees and achieves sales in the single-digit million euro range. Since its foundation in 1988, the company has installed more than 500 cleaning systems in India.

Dr. Ralf-Michael Fuchs, CEO of Carl Schenck AG and Head of Dürr's Measuring and Process Systems division, states: "Schenck has had a presence in India since 1987 with a production company for balancing machines. The acquisition of Mhitraa enables us to expand our portfolio of cleaning systems for the Indian market, thus covering the entire range – from entry-level cleaning machines to high-end-systems."

Experts predict that automotive production in India will grow by an average of 10% per year until 2019. In 2015 car production volumes are expected to reach the 4 million mark for the first time. Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG, says: "After some difficult years, the Indian economy is at the beginning of a new upswing. This will also benefit automotive sales. Our wide range of products and services will enable us to support the automotive industry in India efficiently throughout its expansion."

The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms. Products, systems and services offered by Dürr enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Business with automobile manufacturers and their suppliers accounts for approximately 60% of Dürr's sales. Other market segments include, for example, the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and – since the takeover of HOMAG Group AG in October 2014 – the woodworking industry. Dürr has 92 business locations in 28 countries. With about 14,700 employees, the Group plans to generate sales revenues of € 3.6 - 3.7 billion in 2015. The Dürr Group operates in the market with five divisions:

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