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Nissan Debuts Efficient New Smyrna Paint Plant

Feb. 1 – Franklin, Tenn. – Nissan today announced the opening of its most advanced paint plant in the world. This follows recent additions to its vehicle assembly lines in Smyrna, Tenn., of the Infiniti JX and Nissan LEAF, and the future addition of the Nissan Rogue.

Nissan's new advanced paint plant in Tennessee

The 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 (VOCs) emissions by 70 percent.

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 new facility will reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions by 30 percent

The 250,000 square-foot footprint plant is located adjacent to Nissan’s existing vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee and replaces Nissan’s previous paint system that has been in service for nearly 30 years.

The plant is Nissan’s “Showcase Project” as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Better Plants Challenge, where Nissan has committed to reducing energy intensity in its three U.S. plants 25 percent by 2020.

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