Interior Minister Gall visits Dürr
Bietigheim-Bissingen, July 13, 2012 – The Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Reinhold Gall, visited Dürr yesterday to find out more about the business development and energy-efficient production technologies of the global mechanical and plant engineering group. Gall was accompanied by Thomas Reusch-Frey, member of the federal state parliament for the constituency of Bietigheim-Bissingen, as well as Mayor Jürgen Kessing and SPD parliamentary candidate Thorsten Majer.
During a tour of Dürr’s technology center, the politicians learnt about different processes for generating electricity from thermal energy, including Organic Rankine Cycle and micro gas turbine technology. In addition, Dürr’s Chief Financial Officer, Ralph Heuwing, presented energy and material saving technologies for automobile painting as well as new developments for heat storage, heat transfer, and heat and cold conversion.
Reinhold Gall: “A sustainable corporate culture as practiced by Dürr, which is defined by placing trust in employees, pays off for companies.” With regard to the change in energy policy, the Interior Minister said: “Energy efficiency is a topic that will have to play a more important role than it currently does. There is, indeed, an opportunity for companies in Baden-Württemberg to develop new business segments.”
Ralph Heuwing: “Dürr´s customers are increasingly focusing on the energy efficiency of production facilities, as this contributes considerably to lower costs and sustainable manufacturing. With the change in energy policy, we are becoming more and more aware that the crucial factor is not just the development of new energy sources but also the efficient use and recovery of energy.”
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 7,100 employees. The Group achieved sales of € 1.9 billion in 2011.