Fifty years of Dürr in San Sebastián, Spain

Established in 1974, the company’s initial venture was designing and installing a pretreatment and electrocoating line for the Ford Fiesta model at the Ford plant in Valencia. Today, the Spanish subsidiary of the German Dürr group has 120 employees who specialise in planning and building paint shops for customers in the automotive, aerospace, and railroad industries in Spain and Portugal.

Dürr Systems Spain current HQ (Image: Dürr)

Based in San Sebastián, Dürr Systems Spain started out as VIZDURR-Vizcaino, Stein, Dürr. With Spain only joining the European Economic Community in 1986, foreign companies had to look for local partners for their business activities. After identifying Ramon Vizcaino’s expertise, the companies decided to combine their expertise. In 1991, Dürr took over the shares of VIZDÜRR and renamed it Dürr Systems Spain.

From 1991-2001, Dürr group acquired German company Behr and its national companies, including Behr’s HQ in Barcelona. With this move, Dürr Systems Spain combined its pretreatment service and galvanisation systems with Behr’s European paint shops for the first time. The company’s project management and range of services have fostered growth and attracted new customers.

Dürr Systems Spain has undertaken numerous plant expansions, modernisations, and turnkey projects. All major Spanish automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) rely on Dürr technologies for their paint shops. Dürr’s Spanish subsidiary has thus positioned itself for both domestic industry and exports. The company has also expanded its offerings to include the aerospace sector with greenfield and brownfield paint shops, establishing the national company as a global aerospace competence centre within the Dürr group.

Dürr Systems Spain was known as VIZDÜRR before the merger in 1991 (Image: Dürr)

Today, Dürr Systems Spain assists the automotive industry’s transition to electric vehicles and sustainability initiatives from its Basque HQ and additional sites in Barcelona, Madrid, and Valladolid. With evolving demands placed on electric vehicles and EU sustainability regulations, the company is dedicated to developing efficient solutions, such as electrified and even overspray-free processes and carbon-neutral booths, aligning with shifts towards a greener future.