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Press Release

Dürr invests in Wolfsburg

Bietigheim-Bissingen, September 30, 2013 - Dürr is investing in its Wolfsburg site as part of its expansion strategy in glueing technology. By the end of 2013, the factory floor space will double to 2,400 square meters. Work on a new office building, which will be ready for use in April 2014, has also begun. Wolfsburg is Dürr’s competence center for glueing technology in automobile body construction. This future-proof technology is used for glueing body shell components, and offers cost and quality benefits compared to welding.

Dürr is expanding its capacities in response to the increased business volume in glueing technology. The Group’s sales revenues in this area have doubled since 2010. Apart from Wolfsburg, Dürr’s Bietigheim-Bissingen and Bernried sites are also involved in glueing technology for the automobile industry.

The main reason for the increase is the internationalization of Dürr’s business. While previously the Wolfsburg systems were delivered primarily to German automobile plants, there is now an increasing number of installations in growth markets such as China, Brazil, and Mexico. Glueing in body shell construction has been part of Dürr’s activities since 2010, following the acquisition of Wolfsburg-based company Rickert. The owners of the technologically leading family-run company had decided to sell their business as being under the umbrella of a global group offered better possibilities for expansion.

Since mid-2010 the number of employees at Dürr Wolfsburg has increased to around 70. Managing Director Uwe Rickert: “We will continue to increase our workforce as part of our internationalization strategy.”

Apart from products for glueing body shell components, the Wolfsburg site will also house a service and sales team for paint systems. From April onwards, the team members will occupy one of the floors of the new three-story office building. The team is currently based in Braunschweig, but the new Wolfsburg site will provide better access to its main customer, Volkswagen.

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 industries. 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 for balancing and cleaning in engine and transmission manufacturing as well as in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, specializes in processes to improve energy efficiency and exhaust air purification. Dürr has 52 business locations in 23 countries worldwide and approximately 7,900 employees. The Group achieved sales revenues of € 2.4 billion in 2012.