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Axalta Releases US Product Development Facility to Assess Automotive Paint Applications

Published on 2014-12-15. Author : SpecialChem

GLEN MILLS, Pa. -- Axalta Coating Systems, one of the leading manufacturers of liquid and powder coatings, is strengthening its performance testing capability by opening a new product development center at its facility in Lionville, PA. The center is equipped with a state-of-the-art Global Finishing Solutions professional spraybooth and advanced HVAC infrastructure that enables specialists to simulate a variety of North American climate conditions. The simulation will help to assess refinish automotive paint application.

“Now application specialists can evaluate products in extreme environmental conditions and fine-tune a product’s application characteristics, if necessary. This should help us make a more robust product and get it to the customer faster,” said Stefan Reinartz, Axalta National Refinish Product Manager. “Opening this facility is a testament to Axalta’s commitment to be the leader in product innovation and technology.”

Axalta’s refinish coatings range from surface preparation to undercoats, basecoats and high gloss clearcoats across a portfolio of brands that include Cromax®, Standox®, Spies Hecker®, Nason®, and Imron® PowerTint™. Each product is formulated to be effective in different climates and when coating various substrates such as metals, plastics and composite materials.

The facility is engineered to enable a quick turnaround from product development to launch. “A more refined prototype helps to eliminate some of the iterative processes in field testing and should ultimately shorten the time to get a finished product to market,” said Burt Palmer, Axalta Product Manager.

The new center is part of Axalta’s dedicated network of research and development facilities that focus on new products to meet evolving customer needs and evaluates ways to improve existing products. 

About Axalta Coating Systems

 Axalta is one of the leading global companies focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, automotive refinish and commercial vehicles to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, its coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials it coats to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve its more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. 

Source: Axalta Coating Systems

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