Two innovation awards for Dürr`s eco-friendly dry scrubber system
Dürr has received two awards simultaneously for its new, energy-saving EcoDryScrubber paint booth system. Baden-Württemberg's Environment Minister Tanja Gönner honored Dürr in the category 'Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation' in the state's first-ever Environmental Technology Awards on June 24. At the international automotive paint finishing congress SURCAR, too, the EcoDryScrubber won an award as a particularly resource and energy-conserving system. The motto of this year's congress in Paris was 'Lean and Green'.
Dürr launched the EcoDryScrubber in the market at the end of 2008. This novel paint booth system enables energy consumption in the vehicle painting process to be lowered by up to 30%, with correspondingly strong reductions in CO2 emissions. This is because the EcoDryScubber employs a dry filtration system to collect the surplus wet paint particles that do not land on the car body during the painting process (overspray). Previously, the overspray was bonded in water. Dispensing with the use of water means that the air in the painting booth does not absorb additional moisture and can therefore be re-used. This does away with the need to constantly draw in, heat and condition a fresh supply of air from outside, which is very energy intensive.
Dürr's EcoDryScrubber has met with strong interest in the automobile industry as the reduction of energy costs and CO2 emissions is an issue that is acquiring ever greater importance. Recently Volkswagen was the first automobile manufacturer to decide to install the system at its new paint shop in the USA. Other automobile manufacturers in Europe, America and Asia are currently testing the Dürr EcoDryScrubber. The system has already been in operation for some months at automotive supplier Rehau in Germany and South Africa.
The Dürr Group is a supplier of plant and equipment that commands leading global market positions in its areas of activity. Business with the automotive industry accounts for about 85% of its sales. Dürr also supplies innovative manufacturing and environmental technologies for the aircraft, mechanical engineering, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The Dürr Group operates in the market through two divisions. The Paint and Assembly Systems division supplies production and painting technologies, mainly for automotive body & chassis manufacturing. The equipment and systems supplied by the Measuring and Process Systems division are used, among other things, for engine and transmission production and for final vehicle assembly. Dürr is present in 45 locations in 20 countries around the world. The Group achieved sales of EUR 1.6 billion with approximately 6,100 employees in 2008.