VW's Otmar Hauck, Microsoft's Patty Dilger, DuPont Automotive's Marty McQuade (L-R)
Volkswagen this week won an award at the 13th Annual Automotive News PACE Awards for the EcoConcept paint process. Since 1998, VW, working with DuPont Automotive Systems, has been trying to make painting a car less damaging to the environment (as well as being more cost effective for the bottom line), and the EcoConcept process is the result. DuPont came up with EcoConcept as a way to eliminate the need for a separate primer coat. Testing began in 2003 and since 2005 EcoConcept is used in Volkswagen's plants in Puebla, Mexico and at the company's Pamplona, Spain paint facility.