Ford Expands Environmentally Friendly 3-Wet Paint Capacity by 50 Percent Globally in 2013 PR Newswire DEARBORN, Mich., April 3, 2013 DEARBORN, Mich., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- oFord is adding four more plants to its network of manufacturing operations that use its industry-leading 3-Wet paint process; the process will be added to two facilities in the United States, as well as one in China and one in Spain oFord, which was the first automaker to implement the high-solids solvent-borne 3-Wet technology in 2007, currently has eight plants in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe that use the process oThe 3-Wet process has helped Ford reduce CO emissions by 15-25 percent and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 10 percent at those facilities where the process is used; similar reductions are expected at new 3-Wet facilities Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F)is expanding its industry-leading 3-Wet paint capacity by 50 percent this year, adding the environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO emissions by an estimated 15-25 percent at those facilities. Ford was the first automaker to implement the 3-Wet high-solids solvent-borne technology in 2007; it now has eight plants in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe equipped to use the process to paint vehicles. High-solids solvent-borne technology refers to a paint formulated to minimize solvents, resulting in a concentrated pigment and resin mixture with fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released. The technology will be in place in 12 plants in 2013 then expand to additional facilities worldwide over the next four years. "The 3-Wet paint process is significantly more advanced than conventional technologies in applying durable paints in a high-quality, environmentally sound and cost-efficient manner," said Bruce Hettle, director of manufacturing engineering. The 3-Wet process derives its name from three layers of paint applied one after the other prior to earlier coats having cured. The process eliminates stand-alone primer application and a dedicated oven required in the conventional process that was used before. Advanced chemical composition of 3-Wet paint materials allows for the three layers of paint – primer, base coat and clear coat – to be applied while each layer is still wet. The 3-Wet technology process means Ford can maintain the top quality characteristics its customers demand, including long-term durability and chip and scratch resistance. How it works Enabling the 3-Wet high-solids solvent-borne paint formulation technology is a combination of process and product developed by Ford and its suppliers. Together, they have created a superior system that saves 20-25 percent of process time. Due to the eliminated stand-alone primer application and dedicated oven – both reducing the paint booth size – Ford saves electricity from the blowers that circulate massive volumes of air through paint booths, and reduces its use of natural gas needed to heat the air and ovens. This results in significant reductions of CO emissions, as well as reductions in VOC compared to current medium-solids and solvent-borne paints. Since the pilot launch at Ohio Assembly Plant five years ago, Ford's global 3-Wet paint process has reduced CO emissions by 15-25 percent and VOC emissions by 10 percent compared to either conventional high-solids solvent-borne or waterborne systems. Locations where Ford is installing the 3-Wet process in 2013: oFlat Rock Assembly Plant, Flat Rock, Mich. oKansas City Assembly Plant, Claycomo, Mo. oJiangling Motors Co. Ltd., Jiangxi/Nanchang, China oValencia Assembly Plant, Valencia, Spain Locations with 3-Wet capability in North America: oOhio Assembly Plant, Avon Lake, Ohio oCuautitlan Assembly Plant, Cuautitlan, Mexico oMichigan Assembly Plant, Wayne, Mich. oLouisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky. Locations with 3-Wet capability in Asia Pacific: oChennai Assembly, Tamil Nadu, India oCAF 2, Chongqing, China oFord Thailand Manufacturing, Rayong, Thailand Location with 3-Wet capability in Europe: oCraiova Assembly Plant, Craiova, Romania About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com. SOURCE Ford Motor Company Website: http://www.ford.com Contact: Todd Nissen, 313.322.4898, email@example.com; or Kristina Adamski, 313.323.7809, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ford Expands Environmentally Friendly 3-Wet Paint Capacity by 50 Percent Globally in 2013
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