Celebrating 50 years of supplying state-of-the-art paintshop technology to the automotive industry, Geico has proudly inaugurated both new headquarters and Pardis Innovation Centre.
The Pardis Innovation Centre is dedicated to the development of green coating processes for the automotive industry. To this end Geico has set an ambitious target to introduce a “self-sufficient” paintshop by June 2020. Paintshops consume around 70% of electrical energy and 80% of heat energy used in vehicle production.
Painting a vehicle body produces about 235kg of CO2. In addition, the energy consumption of a paintshop processing around 300,000 jobs/year is about 250GWh. This is equivalent to the power needed by a city of 50,000 inhabitants.
The concept of a self-sufficient paint shop aims at cutting the energy used in this process. This project, being undertaken by Geico’s Pardis division, is dedicated to finding more eco-friendly and energy-smart solutions. One of the innovative tools installed at Pardis is the Interactive Engineering Laboratory (IEL). This models, on a one-toone scale, new plant technology by creating an immersive reality that allows re-engineering of the plant in real time in order to tailor it to meet the customer’s requirements.
Having developed paintshop solutions adopted by major car manufacturers, the innovation centre houses Geico’s new prototypes such as J-Jump, J-Flex, a new Hydrospin-plus, Dryspin scrubber, E3 booth and Dryflex. The centre’s goal is to continue to develop innovative, sustainable solutions for automotive paintshops.