Škoda Auto opens high-tech, €214m paint shop in Mladá Boleslav

Škoda Auto opens high-tech, €214m paint shop in Mladá Boleslav

Published at: 2019-08-23 10:32 | Author: CIJEurope.com
Škoda Auto opened a new paint shop at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav where it will coat up to 168,000 car bodies per year. That €214.5m investment, which will create 650 new jobs, brings the plant’s total annual painting capacity up to 812,000 vehicles. That being said, the car manufacturers admitted that 66 robots are taking over numerous production steps. All of the data from the production process is electronically matched with the identity of the relevant car and transmitted via radio to the individual workstations, allowing the appropriate materials to be used. “By opening the new paint shop, we are making our main plant in Mladá Boleslav stronger for the long term,” said Bernhard Maier, Škoda Auto CEO ”It’s a key component of our growth trajectory that we are rigorously continuing as part of our 2025 Strategy.” The new facility only uses water-based coatings, with the exception of the final clear coat. However, in the new paint shop, 55 percent of this topcoat is made up of solid matter. Thanks to this composition, each car requires approximately 210 g less solvent and the amount of clear coat required is reduced by 17 percent to 2 kg per car. The paint shop can produce a total of 17 different tones. The 35-meter high building covers 25,000 sqm.

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