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Press Release

Top Five Award for Dürr’s complexity management

Bietigheim-Bissingen, June 12, 2012 - Dürr’s Application Technology division ranks internationally among the frontrunners in the field of complexity management. That is shown by a study by the University of St. Gallen completed in May 2012, in which 175 industrial companies in Europe, Asia, and North and South America took part. Dürr Application Technology received the Top Five “Successful Practice Company” Award along with four other companies. The study rated how factors that increase complexity are managed in internal business processes. This includes rising product, variant and component diversity as well as global supply capability and organizational structures, for instance.

Dürr Application Technology is the world’s leading supplier of painting robots and application systems, especially for the automobile industry. Dr. Hans Schumacher, Business Unit Head, commented: “We pursue a holistic approach to complexity management that takes the entire value chain into account. We place great importance on transparency, communication, and involving all relevant functions – from the internal departments through to suppliers and logistics partners. In this way we achieve a high level of effectivity also with high business volumes and broad variant diversity.”

The other Top Five companies awarded by the University of St. Gallen for their complexity management are BMW, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Procter&Gamble, and the measuring and process engineering specialist Endress+Hauser. There were no individual rankings within the Top Five. 

The Successful Practice benchmarking is an initiative of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. The Institute seeks a closer link between research and practice as a means of furthering companies’ competitive strength. The University of St. Gallen is one of the leading business schools in the German-speaking area.

Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates a good 80% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with four divisions. Paint and Assembly Systems plans and builds paintshops and final assembly systems for the automobile industry. Application Technology provides automated paint application, sealing, and glueing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used in engine and transmission manufacturing and in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, is focused on processes to improve energy efficiency and on exhaust air purification. Dürr has 50 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,100 employees. The Group achieved sales of € 1.9 billion in 2011.