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Axalta Sells 50,000th Spectrophotometer

Faster, Smaller and More Accurate Unit Wirelessly Connects to Colour Retrieval System to Boost Bodyshop Productivity

Axalta Coating Systems, the leader in full digital colour management for refinishers, has sold its 50,000th spectrophotometer globally since the launch of the first generation of handheld devices in 2005. Spectrophotometers are simply a better and faster way to match colours right the first time, optimising work flow processes to help bodyshops save time.  

To commemorate this accomplishment, BYK-Gardner, a global leader in the field of measuring colour and appearance, proudly created a limited-edition spectrophotometer, painted in StarLite, Axalta’s 2018 Automotive Colour of the Year.  StarLite is a modern, light and reflective hue for vehicles of today and tomorrow that uses Axalta’s tri-coat process to create an eye catching pearlescent effect.  

The first commemorative device was presented to Joe McDougall, Axalta’s President of Global Refinish and EMEA, by BYK-Gardener President Frank Wagner during the 2018 IBIS Global Summit, in Munich, Germany.  

“Marking the 50,000th global spectrophotometer sale highlights the importance refinishers attach to accurate and fast colour matching,” commented McDougall. “This small yet technology-packed device demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative colour- atching technology to customers. These devices and their patented technology are designed to achieve the perfect colour match accurately, efficiently and reliably, every day in the bodyshop. When used in conjunction with our colour management software, they truly support our commitment to customers to transition from traditional colour retrieval to a fully digital colour
management process.”  

Wagner said, “The importance of digital colour retrieval is underscored by the fact so many bodyshops realise the benefits of these devices. They appreciate tools that help them get the job done. We are proud to offer this solution to the refinish market with a partner like Axalta, and we look forward to its continued growth.”

 Beginning in 1994, Axalta was one of the first coatings companies to offer a digital colour measuring device and accompanying software for refinish customers. In 2005, Axalta partnered with BYK-Gardner to develop and manufacture a new generation of spectrophotometers – with the first portable three-angle device to use light emitting diodes. By 2011, Axalta was the first to offer the device to bodyshops to measure both colour and flake appearance. Today, the devices are smaller and smarter, and offer additional functionalities such as WIFI, a touch screen, and a smart cradle.   

There are two cutting-edge spectrophotometer devices branded the Acquire Standard and Acquire™ Quantum EFX. They are available with Axalta’s premium global refinish brands’ including each brands’ colour management software – Standowin iQ for Standox, Phoenix for Spies Hecker and ChromaWeb for Cromax - offering thousands of formulas from global automotive manufacturers.