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Dürr to build an automotive top coat line for Smart France SAS

June 21, 2012

Along with numerous projects in the emerging markets, Dürr has recently received an order for the construction of an automotive paint shop in France. In the first quarter of 2012, Smart France SAS ordered a top coat line for their plant in Hambach.

This line will start operations as early as December of this year. The plant is designed for IPP 2 (Integrated Paint Process), which not only needs no primer, but also no oven between basecoat 1 and basecoat 2. Dürr implemented this process for the first time at the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemet.

The scope of delivery from Dürr covers both the plant technology with application technology and the conveyor technology. 12 EcoRP L133 painting robots will do their job in the fully automated paint line. In addition, there are two cleaning robots with sword brushes and two robots for window flange masking. Paint application is performed with the EcoBell 3 rotating atomizer, and color change with the EcoLCC color changer. These offer minimal color loss during color changes and more effective paint application.

The EcoDryScrubber, the innovative system for dry separation of overspray, will be used in the spray booth at the Hambach plant. More than 50 painting lines worldwide have already been ordered with this water and chemical-free Dürr technology that allows for extensive air recirculation. This leads to 60 percent energy savings in the paint booth.

Starting at the end of the year, 55 Smart for Two model vehicles will be painted per hour in the new top coat line in Hambach.