Dürr modernizes paint shop in China in record time
Shanghai, March 2016 – Dürr has modernized an almost 20-year-old paint shop for car manufacturer Shanghai General Motors (SGM) and made it more environmentally friendly. It took just six weeks to remove large sections of the existing paint shop equipment and replace it with state-of-the-art technology. This enables SAIC-GM (formerly SGM) to apply environmentally friendly water-based paints instead of solvent-based paints. The order, worth over € 30 million, was Dürr's largest upgrade project in China to date. The customer was so pleased with the project execution that they presented Dürr with the "Corporation of the Year" award in Shanghai in January 2016.
Between the end of March and the beginning of May 2015, Dürr had dismantled almost all of the old equipment and installed new spray booths with a total length of 150 meters inside the existing building. Added to that were 24 painting robots, one kilometer of conveyor systems, 14 kilometers of paint feeder hoses, 120 kilometers of cable, seven new supply and exhaust-air systems as well as a new EC oven. The cathodic dip-coating line was also upgraded to state-of-the-art level.
At the peak of the work, Dürr was coordinating more than 1,200 workers on site with the help of an international team of 100 experts. Thanks to the smooth execution, the work was completed six days ahead of the scheduled seven weeks. Dürr once again demonstrated its special expertise in complex upgrades.
The completion of the project ahead of schedule was down to the good cooperation with the customer. "The SAIC-GM employees supported our team during commissioning", confirmed Dürr project manager Ronald Fein. "They had been familiar with the plant and its problems for years. This helped us resolve any issues more quickly."