Dürr creates further testing and training opportunities
Bietigheim, March 2015 – In the last three years, Dürr has invested more than € 70 million in its sites. Production capacities have been increased and further technology centers created, not just in the emerging markets. Customers also benefit from the additional testing and training opportunities in, among others, Germany, Japan and the United States. The mechanical and plant engineering firm will continue its investment strategy, and further expand its service portfolio. A new training center is currently being launched in Chennai (India).
Dürr is investing a total of around € 50 million in two major plant projects in China and the United States. In Shanghai-Qingpu the company is creating an office building, an assembly hall for application technology as well as training and testing facilities. This campus will be up and running in 2017. It will be situated near the production plant for paint and final assembly systems, which opened in 2012. This means shorter distances for the 850 employees currently based there. In addition, the local service provided to customers will be even better, as their staff will be able to attend training events at Dürr in Qingpu rather than having to fly to Germany. They will also be able to follow the pre-commissioning phase and test new processes on site.
In September 2013 Dürr opened its new mechanical engineering site in Shanghai. The production and office complex in the district of Baoshan combines all Chinese activities of the Measuring and Process Systems division with around 600 employees under the umbrella of Schenck Shanghai Machinery Ltd. From its Baoshan base the Group takes care of the balancing, cleaning and filling technology business as well as test and assembly products in China and Southeast Asia.
China is not the only country in which a central campus is being built. From 2016, all of Dürr USA's activities currently located in the Detroit area will be brought under one roof in Southfield (Michigan). Nearly 500 employees will relocate to the new premises from Auburn Hills, Plymouth and Wixom. This consolidation will simplify Dürr’s activities in North America for customers. Another benefit is the well equipped area for product testing and training. Around 25 % of the 21,000 square meters of usable space is earmarked for a flexible assembly hall. This will mainly be used for products in application, balancing, filling, cleaning and testing technology.
The official opening of the new training center in Chennai (India) will take place in the next few weeks. Here mainly customers' employees will be trained in the handling and maintenance of painting and sealing robots. There will also be a showroom with Dürr products, for example from the fields of painting and exhaust-air purification technology.
Among last year's investments was the construction of new production and logistics facilities for Dürr Assembly Products in Püttlingen, thus meeting the growing demand of the commercial vehicle industry for measuring and test systems. Dürr's Italian subsidiary, CPM, has converted its Beinasco site (near Turin). The company specializing in conveyor technology and final assembly has created a tech center in which employees from the project management, development and other departments can work together.