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Ford Expands Environmentally Friendly 3-Wet Paint Capacity by 50 Percent Globally in 2013



   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/ --

  o Ford 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
  o Ford, 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
  o The 3-Wet process has helped Ford reduce CO[2] 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[2]
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[2] 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[2] 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:

  o Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Flat Rock, Mich.
  o Kansas City Assembly Plant, Claycomo, Mo.
  o Jiangling Motors Co. Ltd., Jiangxi/Nanchang, China
  o Valencia Assembly Plant, Valencia, Spain

Locations with 3-Wet capability in North America:

  o Ohio Assembly Plant, Avon Lake, Ohio
  o Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, Cuautitlan, Mexico
  o Michigan Assembly Plant, Wayne, Mich.
  o Louisville Assembly Plant, Louisville, Ky.

Locations with 3-Wet capability in Asia Pacific:

  o Chennai Assembly, Tamil Nadu, India
  o CAF 2, Chongqing, China
  o Ford Thailand Manufacturing, Rayong, Thailand

Location with 3-Wet capability in Europe:

  o Craiova 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, tnissen@ford.com; or Kristina Adamski,
313.323.7809, kadamsk1@ford.com
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