Dürr sets the course for expansion in Southeast Asia
Bietigheim-Bissingen, June 25, 2012 – Dürr is further expanding its position in the growth market of Southeast Asia. Last Friday, the mechanical and plant engineering firm launched its new company, Dürr Thailand Co. Ltd., in Bangkok. Dürr Thailand will cooperate closely with the Japanese paint shop equipment supplier Parker Engineering, in which Dürr acquired a 10% stake last year.
Dürr Thailand will be supported by Dürr’s international Group network and its role, together with Parker Engineering, will be to intensify both the service and new systems business in Southeast Asia. For this purpose, Dürr is focusing not only on the painting robot business but also on the marketing of energy-efficient production technologies.
With its rising per-capita income, Southeast Asia is one of the most attractive markets of the future for the automobile industry. Experts forecast a rise in automobile production in Southeast Asia of more than 10% per year on average until 2016.
Ralf W. Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG: “We are strengthening our presence in Southeast Asia in order to support our customers from the automobile industry even more effectively in building local production capacity.” Aside from Western producers, Dürr is also targeting manufacturers from Japan and other Asian countries. “Japan’s automobile industry has high market shares in Southeast Asia. Together with Parker Engineering, we are planning to expand our business with Japanese customers”, Dieter said.
Dürr has already built more than 40 paint shops in Southeast Asia since the 1970s. Most recently, the company brought into service a paint shop for Ford in Thailand. With Dürr Thailand Co. Ltd., the Dürr Group is now represented by its own companies in 23 countries.
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.