Even its rival Duerr is getting major contracts at the Tenn. factory as a subcontractor

Eisenmann to build US paint shop for VW

STUTTGART - Volkswagen has split the work of building the paint shop at its Chattanooga factory between two suppliers.

Boeblingen-based Eisenmann AG will have the role of the general contractor for the plant, which has an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles. But Duerr, a rival, will receive a large share of the project as a subcontractor.

Eisenmann will provide the entire pre-treatment line, which mainly includes dip tanks for the primer and a complex conveyor system.

Eisenmann's newly developed "E-shuttle" will be used for the first time there. It can be converted for use with different models. The system swings the car body into the dipping bath.

Duerr is satisfied with its role, too. "We have received more than a 40 percent share of the job," a company spokesman told Automobilwoche.

Duerr is contributing painting robots as well as its newly developed EcoDryscrubber, a system to collect the excess wet paint particles, or overspray. The system is designed to reduce the costs of final painting.

The order for the EcoDryScrubber was Duerr's first from an automaker.

You can reach Matthias Krust at mkrust@craincom.de

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