Global plastics auto components maker Novares is continuing to expand its European operations, investing €8.5m to install a new parts painting unit at its Sainte-Marguerite plant in Vosges, France.
The new decoration facility, added in a 600m2 extension at the eastern French plant, is expected to boost parts finishing for six major automotive customers including PSA, Fiat, Volvo, Daimler, Opel and Renault, according to the Paris-based group.
“At Sainte-Marguerite, we are producing references for the new Sedan and DS range for PSA. We are proud of our new painting line which uses the latest technologies in the market today,” pointed out Pierre Boulet, chief executive of Novares, the recently renamed Mecaplast – Key Plastics group.
Boulet was speaking at the inauguration the plant extension at a formal ceremony staged in the presence of French regional and local authority officials on 5 October.
Novares said the line, equipped with robotics and other technology, can handle exterior parts including spoilers, door handles, door protectors and front grills as well as interior ones such as IP components and central console.
The paint shop comprises six robotised cabins that manage a fully automated system of cleaning, surface treatment and painting, each with its own process monitoring and overall management, the group said.
The process, designed for solent based paint, has been developed to meet EU legislation standards on VOCs (Volatile Organic Components) emissions.
In anticipation of further regulations, the line is equipped with the latest generation of electrostatic gun technology that allows for 3D parts painting, according to Novares.
At the Sainte-Marguerite plant, the group employs 139 and has estimated turnover by the end of this year at €32m. This will represent nearly six million parts sold and an annual average conversion of about 2,200 tonnes of plastics.
Last year, the French automotive supplier, which now has 42 production units around the world, recorded revenues valued at around €1.2 billion.