CHICAGO Nissan North
America Inc. has started up a new 250,000-square-foot paint
line in Smyrna, Tenn.
The facility, which launched
Jan. 31, is capable of reducing energy consumption by 30
percent, carbon emissions by 30 percent and volatile organic
compound emissions by 70 percent by using a "three wet" paint
process that applies all three layers in succession, requiring
the vehicle to go through the bake oven just once. Previous
processes required the vehicle to bake in between the primer
application and the topcoat layers.
The facility, which replaced a
paint line that had been in service for nearly 30 years, is a
"showcase project" under the U.S. Department of Energys
Better Buildings Better Plants Challenge. Under the program,
Franklin, Tenn.-based Nissan committed to a 25-percent
reduction in energy intensity in its three U.S. plants by
The automaker recently added production of the Infiniti JX
and Nissan Leaf models to its adjacent vehicle assembly lines
at the Smyrna site, with future plans to add the Nissan Rogue
to production at Smyrna.