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Press Release

Almost € 40 million invested: Dürr opens new US campus

Southfield/Bietigheim-Bissingen, June 20, 2016 - Dürr has opened a modern campus site in the United States for more than 500 employees. The conveniently situated office and technology complex in Southfield/Michigan combines activities which the mechanical and plant engineering firm had previously carried out at three different locations in the Detroit area. The volume of investment amounts to almost € 40 million. Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG, said during Friday's opening event: "This investment is a clear commitment to the North American market. From Southfield we can support our customers even more effectively and exploit the growing potential of the US market."

Apart from painting and final assembly technology, Southfield also accommodates facilities for cleaning and exhaust-air purification technology as well as the balancing technology business for the automotive industry. These activities were previously housed in Plymouth, Wixom and Auburn Hills. 

The Southfield campus comprises 9,000 square meters of modern offices. It also includes a 10,000-square-meter validation, test and training center. This is used for product development as well as for production tests and training for customers. "The campus provides our employees with the ideal communication platform and ensures even more efficient cooperation, for example in engineering, service, sales and project execution. This is a key factor, especially for large system contracts. Our test and training center comes complete with Dürr’s latest high-tech equipment, offering customers the perfect environment to run training and tests", explains Bruno Welsch, Head of US company Dürr Systems Inc.

A 1960s office building was used as the basis for the Dürr campus. Within just six months it had been completely gutted and adapted to Dürr's construction requirements. The result is a modern, energy-efficient complex with open-plan architecture and short distances. The employees moved into the new building in January 2016.

In 2015 the Dürr Group's order intake in North America had increased to € 724 million. This year further growth is expected on the back of the high level of sales and investment in the automotive industry. The woodworking machinery business of the HOMAG Group, which is part of Dürr, is also growing in the United States. These activities are housed at the Grand Rapids/Michigan site. 

Michigan´s Governor Rick Snyder thanked Dürr “for the commitment to our state and the Southfield region. This renovation project is another exciting chapter in the story of Michigan’s resilience.” 

The Dürr Group is one of the world’s leading mechanical and plant engineering companies. Dürr products, systems and services provide the basis for highly efficient production processes in different industries. Business with automotive OEMs and components suppliers generates roughly 60% of its sales revenues. Other sectors which Dürr addresses include mechanical engineering, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and – following the acquisition of the HOMAG Group in October 2014 – the woodworking industry. Dürr has 92 business locations in 28 countries. With just under 15,000 employees, the Group generated sales of € 3.77 billion in 2015. The Group operates in the market via five divisions:

  • Paint and Final Assembly Systems: paintshops and final assembly systems for the automotive industry
  • Application Technology: robot technologies for the automated application of paint, sealants and adhesives
  • Measuring and Process Systems: balancing and cleaning equipment as well as testing and filling technology
  • Clean Technology Systems: exhaust-air purification systems and energy efficiency technology
  • Woodworking Machinery and Systems: machinery and equipment for the woodworking industry