Issue: Dec 2011


Dürr Ecoclean signs framework agreement



by Steve Barclay

The cleaning technology specialist Ecoclean Dürr GmbH has finalized a long-term supply agreement with the BMW Group. The agreement provides that Dürr Ecoclean will supply BMW over 40 robotic cleaning cells with short delivery times by the year 2014. The cleaning systems are part of several major investment programs by BMW in Asia and Europe. The first EcoCFlex type robotic cleaning cells that the car maker ordered within the scope of the order will be delivered to BMW in Landshut, near Munich, in the third quarter of 2012.

Dürr Ecoclean will install cleaning technology for the crankcase of the new modular drive component for series motors with three, four and six cylinders at the BMW foundry in Landshut. Other robot cells for treatment of cylinder heads, crankcases and crankshafts are planned for the plants at Hamshall, Munich and Steyr. BMW produces various engine series there. In existing plants the flexible cleaning cells from Dürr Ecoclean will partly replace older transfer systems for cleaning engine parts.

The framework agreement confirms the longstanding, successful cooperation between BMW and Dürr Ecoclean. The EcoCFlex robot cell was first installed at the Munich plant in 2005, and has since been continuously further developed jointly with BMW. For Dürr Ecoclean the framework agreement will contribute to a solid base workload at the Monschau location in the coming years.

About Dürr Ecoclean

Dürr Ecoclean Group is the leading provider of industrial cleaning, automation and filtration solutions. The group provides innovative standard equipment, custom-designed system solutions and services to the automotive industry and its suppliers, as well as to general markets around the globe. As a member of the Dürr group of companies, Dürr Ecoclean maintains operating sites in Germany, France, Czech Republic, the U.S., China and India.

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 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 approximately 6,700 employees at 49 business locations in 22 countries worldwide. The Group expects to achieve sales of around € 1.8 billion in 2011.


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