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Press Release

Dürr sells ten thousandth paint robot

Bietigheim-Bissingen, December 16, 2015 - In December, Dürr sold its 10,000th paint robot. The anniversary specimen of the type EcoRP E033 will be installed along with 15 additional robots at Opel’s Spanish factory in Zaragoza next year. The success story of the world’s best-selling paint robot also began in Spain, 17 years ago.

Dürr installed the first paint robot at Nissan in Barcelona in 1998. Compared with the paint machinery available in those days, the new technology represented a quantum leap – both in terms of paint quality as well as speed, paint consumption and process reliability.

Demand for the Dürr robot grew in response to the ongoing automation of vehicle paint technology. Dürr sold half of its past 10,000 units since 2011; in addition to the outer shell, Dürr robots today are increasingly being used for painting the interior of automobiles. Dürr also uses robots to make other production stages of the automotive industry more efficient, such as sealing off weld seams, gluing vehicle sheets and panes or cleaning of components. Dürr most recently embarked on new approaches with a system for human-robot collaboration that speeds up the installation of fuel tanks during final vehicle assembly.

Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: “Our paint robots are leading technology worldwide because they are especially aligned to the requirements of the painting process. Robotics will also feature as a focal point of innovation work at Dürr in the future – apart from paint technology, also in many other parts of our range of products and services.”

The Dürr Group is one of the world's leading mechanical and plant engineering firms. Products, systems and services offered by Dürr enable highly efficient manufacturing processes in different industries. Business with automobile manufacturers and their suppliers accounts for approximately 60% of Dürr's sales. Other market segments include, for example, the mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and – since the takeover of HOMAG Group AG in October 2014 – the woodworking industry. Dürr has 92 business locations in 28 countries. With about 14,700 employees, the Group plans to generate sales revenues of € 3.6 - 3.7 billion in 2015. The Dürr Group operates in the market with 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