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Environment Minister Tanja Gönner attends Dürr's Open House in Bietigheim-Bissingen

Published on 2005-09-28. Author : SpecialChem

Bietigheim-Bissingen -- Environmental soundness is Dürr Systems GmbH's top priority when it comes to developing new technologies. The company also convincingly demonstrated that to Baden-Württemberg's environment minister, Tanja Gönner, who visited the world's market leader for automotive paint systems on Tuesday at its 2005 Open House in Bietigheim-Bissingen. At the forefront of the visit were topics such as reducing paint consumption, use of solvent-free paints, exhaust-air purification, and energy systems.

On her tour of the technical lab, assembly facility, and offices, the minister got a good look at the work done at the site, which is one of city's biggest employers, with about 550 persons on the payroll. Accompanied by Dürr board member Ralf Dieter and managing directors Dr. Hans Schumacher, Dr. Uwe Siewert, and Satpal Bhatnagar, Ms. Gönner informed herself in detail about the contribution of Dürr systems to sustainable manufacturing. In addition to the new Eco RP E painting robot, which Dürr presented for the first time at the Open House, site head Dr. Hans Schumacher explained, for example, the process of electrostatic paint application, which can significantly reduce paint and energy consumption. Another highlight was the newly developed PlasmaCure curing process, with which auto bodies can be dried after painting without pollution and with energy savings.

That Dürr is also one of the technology leaders in exhaust-air purification was shown by an overview of various processes and systems in that area. Exhaust-air purification systems from Dürr not only ensure clean production in automotive paint shops, but the company is also making inroads in the areas of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, printing, and coating and in the semiconductor, woodworking, and waste recycling industries. In designing its systems, Dürr relies on a combination of exhaust-air purification and energy management. Thus, for example, the exhaust air heated in the incineration of pollutants is fed back into the production process, which lowers energy consumption and hence production costs.

In a brief speech, Ralf Dieter emphasized the importance that environmental protection has in product development at Dürr. "Saving resources and reducing emissions are essential elements of Dürr's innovation strategy. Our employees have the ambition to develop production systems that in equal measure operate economically for the bottom line and soundly for the environment."

Dürr Systems GmbH is part of the Paint and Assembly Systems division, which contributed about € 1.4 billion last year to the Dürr Group's total sales revenue of € 1.9 billion. Until next Friday, Dürr will continue to present the latest from its research and development at this year's Open House. Altogether, the company expects over 500 visitors from the automotive industry and other sectors.

Source: Dürr

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