By Liz White, UT staffTeningen, Germany-At its Teningen headquarters, polyurethane moulder Thieme GmbH & Co. KG is investing Euros 3 million in a new coating line, which is scheduled to start operating next spring. The line will allow Thieme's custom-moulded reaction injection moulded parts to be primed and coated with water-based varnish, which the company calls "environmentally friendly." Thieme said it will be able to coat parts up to 2500 x 2000 x 800 mm in size automatically, while oversize parts can be painted in individual coating chambers. This expansion-"the biggest single investment in our company's 40-year history-is an initial and important step in the reorientation of our corporate philosophy", said Matthias Sick, managing director of the company's Plastic Components Division, in a company statement. The new line adds "the final manufacturing operation in our plant … thus anchoring the entire production process there," allowing shorter delivery times, even better quality, and punctual delivery for customers, Sick added. Thieme will also gain more leeway to modify ongoing production operations, allowing it to "respond to customers' wishes at short notice," the division head added. The picture shows the start of building work, in mid 2005, for the new coating line at Teningen-which is south of Strasbourg, near the French-German border."