Dürr receives major plant remodeling order from VW in Brazil

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The Dürr Group has been contracted by Volkswagen (VW) to remodel large parts of the paint shop at the Brazilian passenger car plant in Anchieta near São Paulo. VW issued the respective order worth EUR 28 million in September 2009.

The objective of remodeling the plant is to boost capacity, productivity and quality in the paint shop. To achieve this, Dürr will be installing a total of 21 paint and sealing robots. Four EcoRPL paint robots will go into operation in a new primer spray booth which Dürr will be installing. The company will also be remodeling an existing primer spray line into a top coat line. This line is to be automated by adding seven EcoRPL robots. In the sealing segment, Dürr is to supply a further complete line as well as modernize the existing line. In total, VW has ordered ten sealing robots. The scope of the order also includes a new dryer system with a cooling zone for the primer spray line as well as the installation of extensive conveyor technology.

Ralf Dieter, Chairman of the Dürr AG Board of Management: 'The project in Anchieta underscores Dürr's distinct expertise in optimizing existing plants. Even with limited capital expenditure, carefully tailored remodeling and automation services leverage considerable productivity potential.'

All new components are set to be productive by the end of October 2010. The installation is mainly being undertaken while the plant is in operation. Installation work will also continue during the two works vacation periods around Christmas and New Year.

The Dürr Group is a supplier of plant and equipment that commands leading global market positions in its areas of activity. Business with the automotive industry accounts for about 85% of its sales. Dürr also supplies innovative manufacturing and environmental technologies for the aircraft, mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The Dürr Group operates in the market through two divisions. The Paint and Assembly Systems division supplies production and painting technologies, mainly for automotive body & chassis manufacturing. The equipment and systems supplied by the Measuring and Process Systems division are used, among other things, for engine and transmission production and for final vehicle assembly. Dürr is present in 44 locations in 20 countries around the world. The Group achieved sales of EUR 1.6 billion with approximately 6,100 employees in 2008.

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