Skoda's new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav has ramped up to a speed of 1,400 cars a day. The shop was built for the Skoda Octavia. Development began in 1992.
The shop's water-borne paint technology makes it one of the most advanced paint shops in Europe in terms of emissions. The shop complies with Czech environmental regulations. They are similar to the generally applied German TA Luft pollution standards, says Skoda.
Besides the water-borne paint coat, a traditional clear top coat is applied to the cars.
Exterior surfaces are painted automatically, but both interiors and areas under the hood are hand-sprayed. The system allows for further automation, and the fast integration of robots.
Total employment is 810. This is likely to grow to 900 when the facility reaches its maximum output of 1,800 cars a day.
The paint shop is built to a so-called clean room concept in order to limit contamination of paint surfaces. The actual 44,000-square-meter paint shop is in the middle of a three-story building.
Total investment for the Skoda Octavia, including the paint shop, body-in-white line and assembly line, was DM500 million ($294 million), says a Skoda spokesman. The paint shop accounted for roughly DM130 million-DM140 million, he adds.
ABB was the main contractor for the shop. Subcontractors included several Czech and Polish firms.