Apart from painting and final assembly technology, Southfield also accommodates facilities for cleaning and exhaust-air purification technology as well as the balancing technology business for the automotive industry. These activities were previously housed in Plymouth, Wixom and Auburn Hills.
The Southfield campus comprises 9,000 square meters of modern offices. It also includes a 10,000-square-meter validation, test and training center. This is used for product development as well as for production tests and training for customers. "The campus provides our employees with the ideal communication platform and ensures even more efficient cooperation, for example in engineering, service, sales and project execution. This is a key factor, especially for large system contracts. Our test and training center comes complete with Dürr’s latest high-tech equipment, offering customers the perfect environment to run training and tests", explains Bruno Welsch, Head of US company Dürr Systems Inc.
A 1960s office building was used as the basis for the Dürr campus. Within just six months it had been completely gutted and adapted to Dürr's construction requirements. The result is a modern, energy-efficient complex with open-plan architecture and short distances. The employees moved into the new building in January 2016.
In 2015 the Dürr Group's order intake in North America had increased to € 724 million. This year further growth is expected on the back of the high level of sales and investment in the automotive industry. The woodworking machinery business of the HOMAG Group, which is part of Dürr, is also growing in the United States. These activities are housed at the Grand Rapids/Michigan site.
Michigan´s Governor Rick Snyder thanked Dürr “for the commitment to our state and the Southfield region. This renovation project is another exciting chapter in the story of Michigan’s resilience.”