Porsche Paint Plant Progresses
While this may appear as though the helicopter has the top of an airport tower dangling from it, it is actually part of the HVAC system for the facility below, the Porsche assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany. They’re wrapping up the installation of a new paint shop for the forthcoming Macan SUV. The vehicle is to have its production launch in December. The first car bodies will be painted in the facility in August.
Overall, Porsche has invested some €500-million in the Leipzig plant on the new paint shop as well as a new body shop for the Macan, a compact SUV which has the potential to become the biggest-selling Porsche model (estimates are as high as 75,000 per annum).
Macan? According to Porsche, it is “derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.” Of course it does.
Which leads to the names of other models in the company’s showroom. “Boxster” is the boxer engine configuration combined with roadster. “Cayenne” is for sharpness (think: pepper). “Cayman”: “snappy and agile” (no, we don’t get it). And the “Panamera”: capable of “winning the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race.” Of course it does.
As you can undoubtedly tell by looking at (a) the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and (b) the configuration of the grille, this is obviously a Rolls-Royce: And you are probably wondering about two things as well: (a) given that paisley paint scheme, it seems as though this is some sort of John Lennon edition Rolls, and (b) why is it in the dirt and not on Bond Street or somewhere else more fitting?
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky’s Plant Two paint department has developed the flexibility to paint both cars and minivans in the same facility. They’re painting small lots with high finish quality, all while dealing with the unforgiving nature of the water-borne process
Whether it is abrasive material used in paint shops or filters cleaning the air coming into the cabins of vehicles, 3M technology is there. The company has long been a supplier to the auto industry—to both OEMs and other suppliers—and the executive director of the firm's Automotive Industry Center, Tom Beddow, is interested in increasing its role.