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With the recent additions of the Infiniti JX and Nissan LEAF and the future addition of the Nissan Rogue to its vehicle assembly lines in Smyrna, Tenn, USA, the company has announced the opening of its most advanced paint plant.
The facility is capable of reducing energy consumption by 30%, carbon emissions by 30% and volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions by 70%. 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. This technology reduces energy consumption, cost and emissions, while increasing production efficiency.
The 250,000ft2 plant is located adjacent to Nissan’s existing vehicle assembly plant and replaces Nissan’s previous paint system that has been in service for nearly 30 years.