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