Novares unveils a new extensively robotised paint plant in France

Oct 5, 2017   Tier Suppliers

Novares has officially opened a new painting unit in Sainte Marguerite.

Novares (formerly Mecaplast – Key Plastics) has invested €8.5 million ($10 million) on a 600 sq-metre extension to further service six major customers in the region: PSA, Fiat, Volvo, Daimler, Opel and Renault.

The new painting line is equipped with the latest technologies and robotics to produce a variety of complex shapes for exterior parts such as spoilers, door protectors, door handles, front grills as well as for interior parts such as IP components and central consoles. The new paint shop comprises six robotised cabins (pictured) that manage a fully automated system (cleaning, surface treatment and painting) each with its own process monitoring and overall management.

The process, designed for solvent borne paint, has been developed to meet the EU legislation standards regarding the emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Components). This process minimises energy consumption and can be stabilised to whatever outside weather conditions may be. In addition, Novares' painting line anticipates the standards to come and is equipped with the latest generation electrostatic gun technology which enables 3D parts painting.

"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" said Pierre Boulet, Novares, CEO.

Novares employs 139 people at Sainte Marguerite and estimates a turnover of €32 million by end 2017. This equates to approximately 5.9 million parts sold and 2,200 tons of plastic raw material transformed on average per year for the plant.

Novares produces innovative automotive parts and specialises in plastic injection and moulding. The Group is one of the largest global plastic solution suppliers today that serve car manufacturers worldwide.

Mecaplast – Key Plastics rebranded as Novares on 19 September 2017.

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