Dürr Systems AG - Clean Technology Systems is the world`s largest manufacturer of VOC and HAP emission control systems. Dürr Clean Technology Systems has the ability to deliver full-service abatement solutions, from initial design through training and operations for diverse systems, including regenerative, recuperative and catalytic oxidizers, adsorption concentrators, and particulate control systems. Each system is configured to suit specific industry applications and process conditions for air pollution control.

Company details

Carl Benz str. 34 , Bietigheim-Bissingen , 74321 Germany

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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Air and Climate - Air Pollution Treatment
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

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Leading in Production Efficiency

Dürr is one of the world's leading suppliers of products, systems, and services, mainly for automobile manufacturing. Our range of products and services covers important stages of vehicle production. As a systems supplier, we plan and build complete paint shops and final assembly facilities. We also deliver cleaning and filtration systems for the manufacture of engine and transmission components as well as balancing systems and products for the final vehicle assembly. Our environmental technologies ensure an efficient disposal of exhaust gases and residues.

Dürr has 92 business locations in 28 countries. With just under 15,000 employees, the Group generated sales revenues 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 assembly, 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

Business model

Dürr is one of the world's leading suppliers of systems, services and products mainly for the car making industry. We achieve about 80% of our sales in the automotive business. We also supply equipment to the aviation industry, the machinery industry, and to the chemical, pharmaceutical and printing industries. About 55% of our activities are in plant engineering, 45% are in the machinery industry.

Dürr is represented in 23 countries at 50 business locations (thereof 32 with production facilities). As a systems supplier, dürr plans and builds paint shops and final assembly facilities, mainly for the automotive industry, but also for the aircraft industry. Our range of products and services also includes industrial cleaning systems, automation systems and balancing machines for the production of engine and transmission components, and also assembly, testing and filling systems for final vehicle assembly. Dürr also offers environmental technology, specifically air pollution control systems for automotive paint shops and for the non-automotive sector. 45% of the approx. 7,100 employees work in germany. The percentage of employees in the emerging markets has increased steadily to 32% in recent years.

The operating business is subdivided into seven business units. Almost all dürr business units are world market leaders in their area of activity with market shares of 30 - 50%. In the youngest division, energy technology systems, we want to introduce technologies to increase the energy efficiency of industrial processes; this will also include acquisitions. Besides a few global competitors there are some competitors in local markets.

Production depth within the dürr group of about 25% altogether is relatively low. As a result, dürr can react more flexibly in a economic downturn, and has a smaller business risk than companies with a high production depth. Material costs are rather more of a transitory nature because every order in the project business is calculated with actual material prices. Dürr achieves typically high roce-margins due to its business model as an emerging company. Due to dürr's global standing and the high share of added value in local markets, the influence of exchange rates is small.

Dürr depends on the long-term capital spending behavior of the automotive industry, whereas the short-term behavior of consumers is of less significance. In the longer term, the capital spending behavior of dürr's customers follows the development of production and sales worldwide. The market environment in the automotive industry is currently assessed very positively, with long-term global rates of 6%. Growth is driven by the emerging markets; with china in the lead. The share of the emerging markets in dürr's incoming orders of over 60% is very high.


We took our corporate strategy further forward in 2010 under the heading 'dürr 2015'. Our strategy is centered on two overarching goals: profitable growth and the continuous optimization of our processes and structures. We are focusing on five drivers to achieve our growth targets: expansion in the emerging markets, innovation,  development of our service business, open up new areas of business through acquisitions and developing the new division clean technology systems. We will be continuing to pursue the performance targets we have communicated to the capital market. After a strong rise in 2011 and 2012, we aim to increase sales revenues at an average rate of 5 to 10% in the coming years.       

Further expansion in the emerging markets

We are systematically expanding our leading competitive position in the emerging markets. The number of employees in these markets already rose from 14% to 32% of our total workforce in the years from 2005 to early 2012, and is to be increased to about 35% by the year 2015. We also intend to further increase local content in the areas of engineering, purchasing, and production. This will be driven both by local growth and by exports to established markets. Our continued target is for half of the Group’s incoming orders and sales to come from the emerging markets. China, now the world’s largest automobile market, is the main focus. 


We will continue to increase our R&D spending going forward. Our innovation management remains focused on increasing the flexibility and optimizing the energy efficiency of our products and systems. We have higher R&D budgets than smaller competitors, and can bring new technologies to market faster and in greater numbers. Dürr’s innovation strategy also includes selective acquisitions to round out our technology portfolio.

Development of new areas of business

We are leveraging our engineering and product know-how selectively in order to expand into new areas of business that are technologically related to our core business. Our competence in realizing energy-saving manufacturing processes is an increasingly important driver. Glueing technology for the automotive industry and for other sectors is an area of business we will be expanding in the coming years. Glueing is increasingly replacing conventional joining techniques in the production of automotive body shells as it offers advantages in terms of rigidity and comfort. Glueing techniques are being used more and more in final assembly as well, for instance for windscreen and windows, for quality reasons. The technology is on the advance in other sectors, too, such as wind turbines.

We also see opportunities for expansion in automation technology. Among other things, we are currently reviewing ways in which we can transfer our technology competence to the future series production of batteries for electric automobiles.

We see filling technology as another opportunity for growth. With the acquisition of the Danish company Agramkow we can offer the full spectrum of filling systems both for the automotive industry and for manufacturers of domestic appliances.

Efficiency and sustainability

Dürr develops innovative products that help to make our customers’ production processes more efficient – for example through lower material consumption or increased flexibility.

Another strategic aim of our R&D activities is to reduce emissions, energy consumption, and materials use. In this way, we can make a major contribution to ensuring the sustainability of our customers’ production.

Efficiency and sustainability

Dürr develops innovative products that help to make our customers’ production processes more efficient – for example through lower material consumption or increased flexibility.

Another strategic aim of our R&D activities is to reduce emissions, energy consumption, and materials use. In this way, we can make a major contribution to ensuring the sustainability of our customers’ production.


1895 Paul Dürr founds a metal shop for roof flashing in Cannstatt. In 1917 he begins with sheet metal processing. 1932 Otto Dürr takes over his father’s operations. With the establishment of a construction office, the development of the engineering company begins to take on its current form.


Inspired by a trip to the US, Otto Dürr ventures into plant construction. 1950 marks the first system for chemical surface treating; additional orders from the automotive industry follow. In 1963 Dürr achieves a breakthrough in the automotive industry: the first equipment for electrophoretic dip-painting is installed in the Ford factory in Genk, Belgium. By the mid 1960s Dürr has already followed customers abroad: in 1964 and 1966 subsidiaries are founded in Brazil and Mexico.


From 1968 Dürr is engaged in environmental systems. From 1969 on Heinz Dürr manages the company alone after more than 10 years of collaboration with his father.


In 1970 Dürr founds his first subsidiary in the US. The internationalization continues with the establishment of additional foreign subsidiaries. In 1978 Dürr enters into the field of automation and conveyor systems. With this Dürr offers not just painting equipment technology alone, but rather solutions for the transport of car bodies in paint shops as well – an important step towards becoming a systems supplier.
In 1985 Dürr established a subsidiary in China to enter the Chinese market.


1989 Dürr celebrates its IPO. The product and services are rounded off further with smaller acquisitions. In 1999 Dürr introduces the Ecopaint painting robot, which sets new standards in terms of flexibility, quality and environmental compatibility. In the same year Dürr takes over the French competitor Alstom Automation.


In 2000 the Dürr group taken over the measuring systems group Schenck. With Schenck, Dürr has established itself as a full-range supplier of equipment for final vehicle assembly and also holds the top position in the world market for balancing and diagnostics equipment. In 2003 Dürr acquires the largest order in the company’s history: General Motors orders three paint shops at once in North America. In the course of the readjustment of the Group structure, Dürr pools its activities into two business units in March 2005. Dürr profits more and more from its international network in the course of globalization. In 2007 new companies are established in Russia and Turkey and Dürr extends its capacities in other growth markets.


2008 the aircraft business (paint and assembly) was bundled in one separate Business Unit to meet the increasing significance for Dürr


In summer 2009 relocated its Stuttgart activities to its Bietigheim-Bissingen location. At the newly built Dürr Campus with its future-oriented energy concept Dürr concentrated its painting activities and will also be more powerful in the areas of environmental systems, aircraft technology and Dürr Consulting. 1,500 employees are working at the headquarters.


Dürr will continue to expand its presence in emerging markets. Opening up of new business areas and product innovations are in focus in 2010.

All business units are accelerating their product offensive.

Especially with the EcoDryScrubber overspray separation system and the new EcoBell 3 universal atomizer generation Dürr has been and is expanding its technological leadership in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 Dürr is launching activities in e-mobility production technology. Activities in the energy efficiency business area will be expanded. In addition to exhaust air purification systems, that includes processes for utilizing energy recovered from industrial waste heat.