“Painting vehicles is arguably the auto industry’s biggest challenge,” said Mary Ellen Rosenberger, manager, paint strategy, Ford Motor Company. “Ford has found the solution. It’s environmentally sound. It’s cost-efficient. And it produces beautifully painted vehicles with long-term durability.”
Ford said the shop—which will be piloted at its Ohio assembly plant early next year— will use an advanced paint formulation, an innovative three-wet application process and patented waste management technology that converts paint fumes into electricity and recycles paint sludge into car parts.
Ford said it will use a high-solids, solvent-borne paint formulation that produces fewer VOC emissions than do current water-borne and solvent-borne paints.