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Axalta opens Asia-Pacific Technology Center in China

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Axalta Coating Systems has formally opened its newest investment in innovation, the Asia-Pacific Technology Center (APTC), in the Minhang District of Shanghai.

Axalta opens Asia-Pacific Technology Center in China. Source: Axalta

Axalta opens Asia-Pacific Technology Center in China. Source: Axalta

With a total of 15,500 square meters of space, the APTC expands resources available to Axalta’s global organisation of more than 1,300 scientists, engineers, and staff engaged in R&D.

Joining the worldwide network

With an employee base of 300 today and capacity for more than 500, the center joins Axalta’s worldwide network of four global technology centers and more than 30 country laboratories. Other regionally focused technology centers are in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and Wuppertal, Germany, supporting Axalta operations in the Americas and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, respectively. A new Global Innovation Center under construction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will replace a facility currently located in Wilmington, Delaware.

Refinish Training Center

In addition to laboratories, the APTC houses a Refinish Training Center (RTC) and Global Color Development Center. The laboratories at APTC include a Coating R&D laboratory, a Coating System Testing laboratory, and a Transportation Application laboratory. In the near future, wood coatings and powder coatings laboratories will be added. These facilities are designed to train customers to optimize the use of Axalta’s refinish products, conduct original research, and develop new products that will accelerate performance and productivity for vehicle manufacturing, refinish, and industrial customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Strong technology hub

"Innovation is crucial to driving our future as well as to the success of our customers,” said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver at the opening. "The Asia-Pacific Technology Center reflects our strategy to build a strong technology hub in the region that is integrated into our global R&D organisation. It is designed to put customer needs first and serve them with the very best we have. APTC will be the latest example yet of Axalta’s commitment to innovation that enables customers to maintain a competitive edge and achieve long-term success.”

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