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Press Release

Dürr upgrades paint shop in China in record time

Bietigheim-Bissingen, July 16, 2015 - Dürr has upgraded a 17-year-old paint shop for automaker Shanghai General Motors (SGM) in record time, making it more environment-friendly. In just six weeks a large proportion of the existing painting equipment was removed and replaced with the latest technology. As a result, SGM can now apply environment-friendly water-based instead of solvent-based paints. The order, worth in excess of € 30 million, is Dürr’s largest upgrade project to date in China.

Between the end of March and mid-May 2015 Dürr dismantled almost all the old lines and installed new paint booths with a total length of 150 meters in the existing building. In addition, 24 painting robots were installed, together with a kilometer of conveyor systems, 14 kilometers of paint circulation lines, 100 kilometers of cable, new air supply units and driers. The dip painting line was also refurbished. At the peak of the work Dürr was coordinating more than 1,200 workers on the site via an international team of 95 experts. The smooth handling of the order placed in 2014 enabled the work to be completed six days ahead of the scheduled seven weeks.

Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: “Dürr has particular expertise in complex upgrades. Thanks to the experience and commitment of our teams we ensure that the most demanding schedules are met. After all, every day counts for our customers. We are expecting a rising demand for upgrade projects in China since more and more production facilities are starting to show their age.”

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 65% 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 14,200 employees, the Group plans to generate sales revenues of € 3.4 - 3.5 billion in 2015. The Dürr Group 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 automatic application of paint as well as sealants and adhesives
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing and cleaning systems as well as testing and filling technology
  • Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy-efficiency technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and systems for the woodworking industry