4 600 m² of workshops
At the beginning of 2017, Mercury Marine inaugurated a new unit dedicated to the anti-corrosion treatment of its metal parts at its Fond du Lac site in the United States. The 4,600 m² of newly constructed buildings, for which work began in mid-2015, house the primary application operations by electrodeposition. They allow Mercury to double its coin processing capacity.
The new EDP machine has its own waste water tank and reverse osmosis water system, which provides operators with better working ergonomics. 8 gantry cranes with a lifting capacity of 3 tons and 7 insulated 38,000 L stainless steel tanks complete the new equipment.
A key element of production
For John Pfeifer, this is an essential point for outboard engine production. "This new line, expanded, increases our ability to make a better product for our customers who expect extreme reliability from Mercury engines. This expansion will improve our flexibility, our quality and also the environment."
An investment dynamic
The new plant is part of a dynamic already well underway. Mercury says it has invested more than $370 million since 2009 in investment and research and development. "Expanding our electrocoating capabilities is essential in our long-term capacity plan as 95% of our parts go through the EDP system," says Pfeifer.