Axalta Coating Systems Invests $5 Million in Coatings Polymer Research - BodyShop Business

Axalta Coating Systems Invests $5 Million in Coatings Polymer Research

Reactor system coupled with complete process automation and control system will enable precise control of ingredient amounts and process conditions.

Axalta Coating Systems has invested $5 million in a new pilot reactor that has begun operations to support coatings polymer research and scale-up activities at its Coatings Technology Center (CTC) in Wilmington, Del. 

The reactor system is coupled with a complete process automation and control system to enable precise control of ingredient amounts and critical process conditions such as temperature and pressure. The expansion will enhance product development capabilities and accelerate the manufacture and introduction of the next generation of polymers that offer improved performance properties to meet customer expectations. The polymers produced from the pilot reactor can be used for both traditional solvent-based and more environmentally friendly water-based coating products.

“Coatings are about appearance and performance,” said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charles Shaver. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible coatings, ones that will cure faster, adhere better, offer the latest colors and be more durable than any others on the market.”

The company says the new pilot reactor is a key component in the advancement of a variety of polymer technologies to support innovative coating development. Also known as a semi-works facility, the pilot reactor is a small scale manufacturing system that allows new polymer formulations to be produced in a way that fully mimics full scale production.

“Our reactor in Wilmington will enable us to manufacture and test new polymer concepts quickly with lower cycle times and bring them to market faster than before,” said Panos Kordomenos, senior vice president for research and development at Axalta.


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