Issue: Oct 2010


Major new contract for Dürr in China



by Steve Barclay

Dürr is the general contractor in building a new paint shop in the southern Chinese city of Changsha. The client for this order is GAC Fiat, a joint venture of the Italian Fiat Group with the local automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group. Crucial for receiving this contract was certainly Dürr's repeated proven turnkey experience in China.

The contract includes the construction of the complete paint shop: from pre-treatment and dip coating to underbody protection, and from primer to basecoat and topcoat. It also includes conveyor systems and equipment for the workspaces. In addition to drying ovens, the equipment for media production and supply as well as the factory ventilation are included in the scope of services from Dürr.

16 Dürr type EcoRP E033 painting robots provide fully automatic exterior painting. Interior painting is to take place at manual workplaces that will also be delivered by Dürr along with the entire paint supply system. Dürr is equipping the UBS line with a robot station with two EcoRS 16 robots and the application technology for automatic underbody protection. Seam sealing is done manually – here as well, Dürr will provide material supply.

With this contract Dürr benefits from its international presence with a local workforce in China of around 700 employees. These are linked with Dürr's other affiliates by a uniform IT environment with Dürr's own project management software. With the contract from GAC Fiat, project teams in Germany and Italy will work together with the Chinese colleages.

The plant in Changsha works with water-based paints for the primer and base coat and will go into operation by the summer of 2012.

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 furthermore supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with two divisions. The Paint and Assembly Systems division supplies production and painting technology, especially for car bodies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used in engine and transmission manufacturing and in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. Dürr has 48 business locations in 21 countries worldwide. The Group achieved sales of € 1.1 billion with approximately 5,700 employees in 2009.


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