Issue: Apr 2011


Dürr builds an additional paint shop for Chery in Wuhu



by Steve Barclay

As general contractor, Dürr is building an additional paint shop for the Chinese automobile manufacturer, Chery Automobile Co. Ltd., at its facility in Wuhu. Upon completion of this project with a volume of nearly € 60 million, the equipment from Dürr will have given Chery the possibility to paint up to 1.1 million vehicles. Chery is a Chinese manufacturer whose vehicles serve both domestic and international markets.
Dürr is creating the entire paint shop for Chery, including the application technology. 

The interior painting is performed manually while the exterior painting takes place automatically. Type EcoRP 6 robots with EcoBell2 atomizers are used in this process. Both Chery and Dürr benefited in the construction of this facility from their experiences with a previous project that is almost identical to the new paint shop. A new element is the use of water-based paints in the primer and top coat areas, which make the painting process much more environmentally friendly.

The plant will begin operations in December 2012, and will serve to expand capacity at the Wuhu location. It is designed for a three-shift operation with an annual capacity of 335,000 vehicles.

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 technologies. The Dürr Group operates in the market with three 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. The third division, Clean Technology Systems, is focused on processes to improve energy efficiency and on exhaust air purification. Dürr has 48 business locations in 21 countries worldwide. The Group achieved sales of € 1.26 billion with approximately 5,900 employees in 2010.


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