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Ford unveils "paint shop of the future"

By Christine Esposito | October 14, 2005

Ford Motor Company has unveiled its “paint shop of the future,” which it says will save it between $7-11 per vehicle and reduce VOC emissions by 10% and CO2 by 20.

“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.