Advanced paint plant has impeccable green credentials

Posted on February 8, 2013 by in Latest News, News

NISSAN has been working hard in recent years to establish its environmental credentials.

As regular readers of Pure-driving will know, the company’s all-electric LEAF has been winning awards and admirers all around the globe since its launch in 2010.

And it’s not just Nissan’s cars but its production facilities too that are playing their part in looking after our world.

The company today announced the opening of its most advanced paint plant in the world – at Smyrna, Tennessee – as a black 2013 Infiniti JX rolled off the line.

The state-of-the-art facility sets new standards for quality, efficiency and environmental impacts, as it is capable of reducing energy consumption by 30 percent, carbon emissions by 30 percent and volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions by 70 percent.

Production efficiency

The plant will use an innovative three-wet paint process that applies all three paint layers in succession, before the vehicle goes into the oven.

Previous processes required the vehicle to bake in between the primer application and the topcoat layers. Implementation of this new technology reduces energy consumption, cost and emissions while increasing production efficiency.

The 250,000 square-foot footprint plant is located adjacent to Nissan’s existing vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee and replaces Nissan’s previous paint system that has been in service for nearly 30 years.

‘Nissan is committed to increase energy efficiency as we reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing the highest quality vehicles sold in North America,’ said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna.

‘These efforts align with our global strategies of zero-emission leadership and corporate social responsibility to employees, stakeholders and customers.’

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