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.


More information:

Axalta Coating Systems

You May Also Like

ASE Instructor Conference Set for July 15-18 in Minneapolis

The conference hosts hundreds of high school and college instructors from auto, truck and collision repair programs nationwide.

Automotive, truck and collision repair instructors are encouraged to mark their calendars and register today for the 2024 ASE Instructor Training Conference July 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minn.

Presented by the ASE Education Foundation, the ASE Instructor Training Conference is the largest of its kind, hosting hundreds of high school and college instructors from auto, truck and collision repair programs nationwide.

CIF Provides Assistance to Injured Collision Technician

Collision technician Gary Noble of Louisville Collision Center has been out of work for over 15 weeks due to a major car accident.

Classic Collision Licenses Mitchell Cloud Estimating

The multi-site operator’s nearly 300 U.S. facilities can now leverage Mitchell’s technology to support its delivery of proper, safe and efficient collision repairs.

ProColor Collision Welcomes First East Coast Shop

The new location in Greensboro, N.C., is owned and operated by Russ Morgan, who has spent more than 30 years in the collision repair industry.

Tint World Recognized by Inc. Magazine

The company made the list of the Southeast region’s fastest-growing private companies.

Other Posts

ABPA Opposes Nebraska Anti-Aftermarket Parts Bill

The bill introduces restrictions on alternative parts when OEM repair procedures are mandated.

BodyShop Business Kicks Off 25th Annual Reader’s Choice Contest

Submit a question about some industry-related issue you want an answer to, and if it’s chosen, you could win $75!

WIN to Hold Annual Scholarship Walk at Upcoming Conference

The annual fundraiser supports WIN scholarships that are presented annually to deserving students enrolled in post-secondary collision repair technology programs.

Evercoat Partners with TechForce Foundation to Support Collision Education

The collaboration between Evercoat and TechForce Foundation will provide students with the resources and process knowledge needed to be workforce-ready.