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Axalta starts construction on Asia Pacific Technology Center in China

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Axalta Coating Systems has commenced construction of its Asia Pacific Technology Center (APTC) that will develop coating technologies designed to provide customers in China and the greater Asia-Pacific region.

Scheduled to be operational in third-quarter 2016, the center will be equipped to develop new coating applications. Source: Axalta

Scheduled to be operational in third-quarter 2016, the center will be equipped to develop new coating applications. Source: Axalta

Scheduled to be operational in third-quarter 2016, the 15,500 square meter center will be equipped to undertake fundamental research and develop new coating applications, including the latest generation paint formulations, colours, resin development, dispersion technology, spray application and analytic evaluation of paint performance. The center will have technical support capabilities to serve light vehicle OEM, commercial vehicle and refinish customers as well as those in the industrial and architectural sectors. With a workforce capacity of up to 500 employees, the center is poised to support all Axalta businesses with high quality paints, lean processes, and sustainable applications.

Long term environmental goals

"Our goal is to provide coatings that increase durability, enhance customer productivity and, of course, add color,” explained Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO. "Axalta’s coatings enable the materials they protect to last longer. Our application systems are designed to help our customers be more productive by saving time and energy when applying our products. The combined benefits also support long term environmental goals by protecting and conserving resources. I sincerely thank the Minhong District Government, the Minhong Group, the Shanghai Real Estate Group, and the Minhong Economic Development Zone for their cooperation and their shared vision of our building as a hub for innovation in China and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”

Part of Axalta’s global network

"We aim to support Minhong District to be the innovation hub in southern Shanghai and even to be in the forefront of China’s technological research and development. We are excited with the commitment Axalta has for this new Asia Pacific Technology Center as its vision aligns with what we plan to do. Axalta is an admired company with sustainability values and cutting-edge coating technology. We are proud to be a partner of Axalta and we eagerly look forward to the center opening next year,” said Feng Xiaoming, General Manager and Executive Director of the Minhong Group, the company that has jointly invested with Axalta to construct the facility.

The technology center will be part of Axalta’s global network of global innovation centers in North America, Europe and Latin America. The facility will house Axalta’s Refinish Color Development Center, a new Refinish Training Center for customers, and extensive laboratories.

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