Ford launch new painting process to reduce emissions

Already regarded as one of the most environmentally conscious vehicle manufacturers in the world, Ford have just announced a new project which they believe will reduce the amount of CO2 emitted during their painting process by as much as 25 per cent.

The groundbreaking '3-Wet' technique was developed by green engineers and involves applying a primer, base coat and clear coat of paint on top of one another before the previous layer has had a chance to dry. According to those behind the technology, this completely eliminates stand-alone primers and paint ovens being needed in the production stages, and is already in use on assembly lines which prepare mainstream models such as the Ford Focus for sale around the world.

3-Wet has been rolled out in a total of eight manufacturing plants in North America, Asia and Romania so far, with officials stating that its capacity will be doubling this year. According to reports, four more sites are set to adopt the innovative process before the end of 2013 and, if this expansion is seen to be a success, it should be introduced to many other factories internationally over the next few years.

As well as its ability to lower emissions, the 3-Wet painting method also apparently limits the release of so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by around 10 per cent, with these substances previously being an unavoidable by-product of vehicle painting.  

Ford's director of manufacturing engineering, Bruce Hettle, has declared himself understandably proud of the new process, describing it as 'significantly more advanced than conventional technologies' currently used by other car makers, and praising its 'high-quality, environmentally sound and cost-efficient' credentials.

3-Wet means that drivers considering buying a Ford Ka for sale or other such model can now be even more assured that they are purchasing their transport from an ethical and truly progressive group.  

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