Axalta Celebrates 150 Years in the Coatings Industry

In 2016, Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) celebrates 150 years of creating innovative industrial coatings. Axalta’s heritage dates back to 1866 when its first products were developed in Germany and since then the company has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of liquid and powder coatings.

“All of us at Axalta are excited to reach this important milestone in the history of our company,” explained Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver. “Over the next 12 months we will celebrate our past and build on our extensive knowledge and experience for the next 150 years. With nearly 13,000 employees and 120,000 customers in 130 countries, we will continue to use advanced technologies to develop next generation coatings while providing outstanding quality and service in the years ahead.”

From the earliest products that supplied European carriage manufacturers with colorful coatings in the nineteenth century, Axalta evolved to meet the needs of an automotive industry that flourished in the twentieth century. In the 1920s, Axalta introduced the first quick drying multi-color lacquer line for automobile production in the U.S. Company scientists developed the L,a,b color equations that became a key analytic tool in the catalogue of color science. In the subsequent decades, technology at Axalta evolved to produce coatings that were increasingly durable and productive. In the 1980s, the company ushered in the first more environmentally responsible liquid coating systems with the introduction of waterborne products.

Building on experience acquired with its original Spies Hecker® and Standox® products, Axalta branched out to provide refinish technicians with improved coating products and systems. In the 1990s, the Cromax® family of waterborne products was introduced to automotive body shops. Handheld spectrophotometers and VINdicator™ color tools were developed to help provide excellent color matching which saves repair time and reduces waste.

As the needs across many industries evolved, so did Axalta’s portfolio of products. To serve a growing number of industrial customers, Axalta introduced Nap-Gard® powder coatings for oil and gas pipeline manufacturers. Today, both functional coatings and a wide array of decorative Alesta® powder coatings are used in thousands of applications. Voltatex® electrical insulation coatings enhance the productivity of motors and a host of electrical components. Vehicles ranging from heavy duty trucks and buses to trains and other rail stock rely on Imron® to protect their vehicles from the elements while using vibrant colors to build recognition for their brands.

“We have been expanding both the global capabilities and global reach of Axalta,” added Shaver. “We have accelerated our investments to expand production capacity in Germany, Brazil, China, Mexico and India. We announced construction of a new Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia, PA and began construction of an Asia-Pacific technology center in China that will keep our technology at the cutting edge. We’ve taken strong regional brands and introduced them globally. All of these measures, plus the many advances we are making in color technology, are focused on meeting the needs of our customers well into the future.”

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Trailer Orders Continue to Pour In

Truck trailer orders have been exceeding expectations lately. In November 2015 an additional 39,300 new trailer orders were placed, an increase of 19% compared to October. Dry van, refrigerated van and dump trailers continue to be in high demand, contributing to November being the third highest month for trailer orders on record. These new trailers will need to look professional when they hit the road. Contact Armacoat today to learn how to keep these new trailers looking their best.

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Graco Introduces Reactor® A-XP1 Plural-Component Sprayer

Graco Inc., a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, today formally released the Reactor A-XP1 plural-component sprayer. This entry-level, high-pressure, air system is best for low to medium output applications and is an excellent value for both residential and commercial use. "Whether you are spraying foam or applying polyurea coatings, we now have an air solution to meet our customers' needs," said Tryg Waterhouse, product marketing manager, Graco Applied Fluid Technologies Division. "Just like our popular Reactor A-25 systems, the A-XP1 is the best choice for affordability." With easy to use digital controls, the Reactor air systems have the ability to maintain consistent temperature control – even when spraying at maximum flow rates – resulting in a better quality coating. The Reactor air systems use three independent heat zones allowing for precise control of the iso, resin and hose heat; making this a reliable solution for spraying different chemical viscosities. Providing peace of mind, the Reactor A-XP1 and A-25 use the Graco trusted NXT® Air Motor, allowing low air consumption for increased efficiency. 

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Trucking posts job gains as overall hiring remains robust

The trucking industry has added 2,300 new jobs in November 2015. This is an increase of 28,600 jobs since last November. Overall, the trucking industry has 1.45 million positions. This upward trend reflects strong growth in the trucking industry. These new truck drivers will be driving a lot of miles, and need their vehicles looking fresh. Contact Armacoat today to learn how you can help these new drivers look their best when on the road.

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Axalta Featured New Architectural Powder Products at FABTECH 2015

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, featured new architectural products and presented at FABTECH 2015. The show was held on November 9-12, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

“We always look forward to attending FABTECH,” expressed Matthew Rush, Northern Region Industrial Sales Manager for Axalta’s powder coating business in North America. “The diversity of companies at this show brings great opportunities to highlight our new products and technologies. This year, we were particularly excited to showcase the new additions to our Alesta AR400 architectural product line.”

Axalta highlighted two new offerings to the Alesta architectural color palette, AR400 Anodic Natura and AR400 Arcadia Silver. These offerings extend Axalta’s range of architectural silver metallic powder coatings and offer triglycidyl isocyanurate-free, durable polyesters formulated to provide the versatility of low gloss, bonded metallic silvers for an array of powder coated surfaces. With features designed to garner excellent weatherability, elasticity, and abrasion resistance, these new inclusions are ideal for hand railings, fencing and residential aluminum extrusions. Both formulations are environmentally responsible, due to virtually no volatile organic compounds or targeted hazardous air pollutants.

FABTECH is an annual trade show that offers technical and applied technology forums as well as new product innovations and developments. This event gives industry professionals a chance to interact and provides insight and tips to optimize powder coating businesses.

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