SMYRNA -- With the recent additions of the LEAF and the future addition of the Rogue to its assembly lines in Smyrna, Nissan North America announced last week the opening of its most advanced paint plant in the world, as a black 2013 Infiniti JX rolled off the line.
The state-of-the-art facility sets new standards for quality, efficiency and environmental impacts, as it is capable of reducing energy consumption by 30 percent, carbon emissions by 30 percent and volatile organic compound emissions by 70 percent, according to a Nissan North America press release.
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. Implementation of this new technology reduces energy consumption, cost and emissions while increasing production efficiency.
The 250,000 square-foot footprint plant is located adjacent to Nissan’s existing vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna and replaces its previous paint system that has been in service for nearly 30 years.
“Nissan is committed to increase energy efficiency, as we reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing the highest quality vehicles sold in North America,” said Susan Brennan, vice president of manufacturing in for the Nissan plant in Smyrna. “These efforts align with our global strategies of zero-emission leadership and corporate social responsibility to employees, stakeholders and customers."
The plant is a Nissan Showcase Project as part of the Better Buildings Better Plants Challenge launched by the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of the program, Nissan has committed to reducing energy intensity in its three American plants 25 percent by 2020.
This effort is part of a broader global environmental initiative, the Nissan Green Program 2016, which focuses on reducing environmental impacts of corporate activities and pursuing harmony between resource consumption and ecology by promoting and widening the application of innovative green technologies, energy management and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Nissan is an Energy Star partner and was named Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In addition, the company was awarded the Sustained Excellence recognition in 2012. The Smyrna plant has received the Energy STar distinction for the past seven years.
In May 2012, the Smyrna vehicle assembly plant became the first passenger-vehicle manufacturing facility to attain ISO 50001 and superior energy performance certifications. Accredited under the American National Standards Institute and National Accreditation Board, these certifications recognize the Smyrna facility as a leader in energy management.