LacTec USA, a subsidiary of LacTec GmbH of Germany, has won large orders from two different vehicle assembly plants in North America. For both projects, LacTec will supply custom-designed, fully automatic small-volume paint delivery systems that will allow more efficient application of custom and small-fleet colors on trucks. Both systems use the LacTec-developed “permanent pig” technology, in which a small slug of paint follows the body along the booth as it is painted, with the paint being largely consumed just as the painting process is completed. The technology is designed to radically reduce material waste. Both systems will be operational in mid-2007.

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