What used to be a quaint work facility in Zuffenhausen has now turned into the most modern paint factory for Porsche automobiles. Porsche AG once again unfolds a new chapter with the opening of its new paint shop.
Several guests from the car industry attended Porsche’s momentous event. Included in the list of big names is of course, the Supervisory Board Chairman Dr. Wolfgang Porsche himself. The Lord Mayor of Stuttgart (Dr. Wolfgang Schuster) also graced the event along with Winfried Kretschmann (Baden-Württemberg Minister President).
The modern work facility was completed just in time for the newest Porsche 911’s scheduled production. Porsche will be using its new technology in body painting to make sure that the colours come out exactly the way they want. It only means that the new 911’s body shell will be painted underneath as well.
Even though the new paint shop is a dust-free environment, Porsche is bent on using the wet-chemical exhaust air purification system and also the latest electrostatic paint droplet technology for fewer emissions. Besides, it is required that the building has to have at least 60 metres paint exhaust installed. In fact, the highly efficient exhaust system allows 70% air recirculation around the area to save more energy.
Porsche AG Chairman of the Board Matthias Müller also deemed that the new paint shop embodies Porsche’s spirit in terms of pioneering inventions, pushing the boundaries and breaking a new ground. In other words, they have created an environment-friendly facility in their own terms. Still, running the facility is a great challenge for all of them especially in a crowded place like Zuffenhausen. That’s why they are also doing whatever it takes to successfully combine ecological perspectives with their business goals.
Meanwhile, Porsche will be using its new paint factory for the first time with the new Boxster and 911 series. The 192 metres x 52-metre paint shop is said to have its own anti-corrosion facility with multiple stages to be tried and tested on the latest Porsche models.
The same facility is responsible for the Porsche’s improved standard of quality and efficiency. That’s because sealing off the car’s surfaces is performed at the same time with the production procedure.
Porsche relied on the experts in machinery and plant engineering from Stuttgart and Böblingen to build the most modern dryers and conveyors for the new paint shop. Eissenmann supplied the plant’s electrostatic droplet removal system, conveyor technology, cathodic dipcoating and pre-treatment machinery. The total investment for the construction of the whole facility had cost Porsche AG around 200 million euros.
At the opening ceremony, the Minister President of Baden-Wurttemberg talked about Porsche’s commitment and said that it is their objective to promote sustainability while making sure that the domestic economy maintains its global competitiveness. Porsche is headed this way, for sure. The new paint facility adhered to the strictest ecological standards along with its generous role in taking care of the environment.