Finance and Economy Minister Schmid visits Dürr: energy-efficient production technology under the spotlight
Bietigheim-Bissingen, September 7, 2012 – Baden-Württemberg's Finance and Economy Minister, Dr. Nils Schmid, visited Dürr today to find out more about the business development, technologies and strategy of the global mechanical and plant engineering group. The key focus of the meeting with Dr.-Ing. E.h. Heinz Dürr, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and the two members of the Board of Management, Ralf W. Dieter and Ralph Heuwing, was the expansion of the energy-efficient production technology business. During a tour of Dürr’s technology center, the minister learnt about generating electricity from thermal energy, low-consumption automotive paint systems, and new developments for heat storage and heat exchange.
Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: “In the last few years, Dürr’s R&D spending in the area of energy efficiency has increased considerably. Energy-efficient production technologies have enormous potential – in terms of cost reduction, as a contribution to sustainable production, and in decentralized energy supply. We are therefore contributing to the change in energy policy, which relies on energy efficiency to succeed”.
Supervisory Board Chairman Heinz Dürr spoke out in favor of strengthening the role of energy efficiency: “There will be no change in energy policy without energy efficiency”. As an example he mentioned energy efficiency processes such as Dürr’s ORC process, which generates electricity from waste heat without the need for additional fossil fuels. “These systems should be promoted in the same way as alternative energy sources”, said Heinz Dürr.
Economy Minister Nils Schmid praised Dürr’s corporate culture, “which puts the employees at the center of all company activities without losing sight of the customers’ needs”. Schmid also learnt about the use of production technologies that conserve resources: “In mechanical and plant engineering, production processes and products are judged not only on their performance and quality, but also increasingly on their energy and resource efficiency. My visit showed me that Dürr is addressing this challenge with great success”.
The expansion of activities in the area of energy efficiency is a central element of Dürr‘s corporate strategy. In order to move this business forward, the Group set up the new Clean Technology Systems division last year. It is expected to achieve sales in excess of € 200 million by 2015, also taking into account acquisitions.
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 and aircraft 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 balancing and cleaning processes, 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 7,300 employees. The Group achieved sales of € 1.9 billion in 2011.