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Bodyshop Regulations

Standox is backing the results of a new survey by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which reveals some paint sprayers are still putting their long-term health at risk. Jodie Henly, Standox Brand Marketing Specialist added: “We feel very strongly that everyone in the industry needs to take all reasonable steps to preserve their health and we have made available a suite of tools to help bodyshops achieve this.”

The Standox health and safety tools include a special DVD, a downloadable Standothek safety brochure and a dedicated poster. “Safety, Health and the Environment (SHE) are essential to everything we do at Standox. In particular our SHE Mission Security Training DVD demonstrates safe practice in the bodyshop situations that operatives face every day,” explained Jodie.

In addition to the video, the Standothek brochure Helpful Tips for your Health and Safety and an allied poster give instant reference to help safer working. To help busy bodyshops the Standothek brochure is available for instant download from www.standox.co.uk/health, along with a trailer of the “Mission Security” DVD.

As well as these helpful materials, Standox includes full health and safety advice in all training courses held at the Standox Training Centre in Stevenage, as well as giving invaluable advice through its local field force. Jodie added: “Standox supports all efforts to increase health awareness in the industry.”

Standox is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of automotive refinishing paints. With its headquarters in Wuppertal, Germany, the company offers innovative and environmentally compatible product systems worldwide. Standox seeks to build long-term relationships with its customers based on premium product quality, and high levels of practical support. Approvals from all major manufacturers reflect the company’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. As such, the Standox brand gives professional refinishers the reassurance of perfect results every time.

For more information: www.hse.gov.uk

Devon based Woolacott & Son vehicle repair specialist has gained the prestigious BSI Kitemark certification setting the high standards that consumers and fleet managers expect when having their cars repaired.

Geoffrey Woolacott and his son Kevin started the business back in 1970. 40 years on Kevin and his wife Louise are now the directors and their daughters and nephew manage the day to day operation. With over 40 years experience Woolacott have 21 staff and repair around 160 vehicles a month. They have also recently joined the Fix Auto they will be re-branded very soon as Fix Auto Mid Devon.

Louise Woolacott Director commented: “We decided to gain the Kitemark as we wanted to ensure our customers vehicles were repaired to the highest standard.

Modern vehicle construction is changing fast and you have to understand what materials you are working with to ensure you deal with them appropriately.

Aluminium, boron, carbon fibre, UHSS to name but a few all need different methods to ensure the safety of the repair. We subscribe to Thatcham to ensure we always have the correct and most up to date recommended repair method for each vehicle. Our technicians have current qualifications and our equipment is regularly calibrated to ensure consistently high standards.

“We have plans to relocate into one new purpose built workshop. I anticipate this being in 2012”, added Louise.

Woolacott’s are advertising the Kitemark to their customers and will shortly be running a promotional video in their reception area and will be amending their telephone on hold information to include the Kitemark.

Scott Hanney, BSI Business Development Manager added: “We are impressed with the dedication shown by the team at Woolacott in achieving the Kitemark and we truly believe that it will benefit their organisation and their customers. By gaining the certification it demonstrates how serious the bodyshop is about getting critical vehicle body repair safety processes right and they are also actively promoting the Kitemark. “

For more information: www.kitemark.com

The Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany, is expanding its innovative automobile production operations at the main factory in Zuffenhausen with one of the most modern and environmentally-friendly paint shops in the world, and one that will incorporate cutting-edge technology never before used in the car industry.

Work began a few weeks ago and the steel construction is set to be completed early 2010. This will be followed by the construction of the facade and technically complex internal facility structure. The new paint shop will be formally commissioned in 2011. The facility is being built directly adjacent to plant 1 and 5 on a property that previously belonged to Dürr AG, which Porsche acquired in early 2008. The paint shop will be run on a two-shift-operation with a daily capacity of up to 170 Boxster and 911 vehicles.

The latest technologies, particularly in the area of environmental protection, are being used throughout the new building. The painting process features complete dust protection as it is encapsulated 100%. This method not only enhances the already high quality of the vehicle paint coat, but also reduces the required amount of conditioned hall air required.

A particularly innovative electrostatic precipitator for paint dust cuts the emission of solvents and particles to a minimum.

The new paint shop at Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is set to be completed in early 2010
The new paint shop at Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is set to be completed in early 2010

The painting process is able to do without the mandatory 60 metre-high chimney. This is attributed to the increased amount of circulated air and the exceptionally effective exhaust air purifier that only requires a small smokestack, which extends 10 metres over the roof. Another environmentally-friendly innovation is a highly efficient energy management system.

“With the new paint shop, Porsche is ensuring that it will deliver unsurpassed quality in Zuffenhausen today and tomorrow – while also conserving resources in an exceptionally ecological and economical manner,” explained Wolfgang Leimgruber, head of Production and Logistics at Porsche.

Porsche is relying on specialists from the region for the technical undertaking. The Stuttgart Maschinen- und Anlagenbaukonzern Dürr AG, as the general contractor, is equipping the painting lines with the latest application technology, driers for hardening the paint as well as control and conveyor technology.

The pre-treatment system and cathodic paint dipping system with novel conveyor technology and the electrostatic separator for paint particles will be supplied by the Böblingen company, Eisenmann, a sub-supplier of Dürr AG. In combination with a comprehensive waste water treatment facility, the environmentally-friendly technology maintains emissions levels that are many times lower than the legal limits. Porsche will be the first automobile manufacturer in the world to use this technology.

For more information: www.porsche.com

Photo Caption: The new paint shop at Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is set to be completed in early 2010