Customer Sustainability

At Axalta, we put our customers first. One of our key priorities is helping them meet their own sustainability goals, enabling their products to last longer and reduce the environmental impact from coating application. Our coatings enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks to protect their vehicles from weather, abrasion, ultraviolet light, and other corrosive elements. Axalta’s commercial vehicle coatings not only enable buses, trucks, and trains to display corporate branding, but also withstand wear from rugged conditions. Axalta refinish technologies provide coatings, color matching tools, and training to body shops. Industrial coatings provide substrates with lasting protection and enhanced productivity, from building cladding and vehicle parts to electrical components, wood cabinetry and furniture, coil, and agricultural, construction and earth moving equipment. 

Sustainability, Together

Axalta's Industrial business is striving to become a force for positive change by driving the sustainability agenda throughout its value chain on its journey to carbon neutrality.

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Coating Product Formulations 

Axalta’s product formulations help our customers meet their sustainability goals. Waterborne and high solids solventborne liquid coatings for use by original equipment manufacturers and in the aftermarket contain reduced levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Our products meet key air quality goals set by our customers and regulators. Axalta’s powder coatings contain virtually no VOCs and no targeted hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). These lower emission products continue to offer superb finishes both in terms of durability and appearance. Industrial coatings such as AquaEC electrocoat and Voltatex® are available in tin- and formaldehyde-free formulations, respectively. 

  • Low-VOC liquid refinish products include Cromax® Pro, Permahyd® Hi-TEC and StandoBlue®. 

  • Waterborne and both high- and medium-solids solventborne coatings for original equipment vehicle manufacturers reduce VOC emissions. 

  • Powder products with virtually no VOCs and no targeted hazardous air pollutants include Nap-Gard® and Alesta®. 

  • Variations of the Voltahyde® line of Energy Solutions electrical insulation products use waterborne and formaldehyde-free formulations to reduce their impact on the environment.  

  • Coatings for wood such as Zenith® Waterborne contain virtually no VOCs. 

  • Cool roof pigments used in Dura Coat coil coatings help diminish heat island effect from buildings and, in the process, reduce the need for air conditioning and associated energy demand.  

Coating Application Systems 

Coating application systems also enable customers to achieve their goals. 

  • Our Refinish waterborne basecoats, Cromax Pro, Permahyd Hi-TEC and StandoBlue, are designed for wet-on-wet application and hide in 1.5-2 coats, well below the norm. This means a customer uses less paint, generating fewer emissions to help meet environmental goals, and yet can repair cars faster than with traditional solventborne products. Refinish color match tools such as handheld spectrophotometers identify the correct refinish color match formula the first time, reducing waste and improving productivity. 

  • Harmonized Coating Technologies™ that are installed in OEM paint shops offer consolidated layering systems combined with low or ambient temperature cure coatings, reducing energy consuming “bake steps” that are traditionally required between paint applications. Eliminating bake ovens also shortens the paint shop footprint and can reduce capital costs.  

  • Electrical insulation coatings such as Voltatex® enable electric components and motors, transformers and generators to operate at higher temperatures, which translates into greater efficiency and energy savings.  

  • Powder products such as Alesta, Nap-Gard and Abcite increase substrate lifespan in materials ranging from building cladding, oil platforms and rebar to playground equipment, appliances and pipelines with zero solvent emissions.  

For more information on our efforts to reduce the environmental footprint from coatings, please refer to our 2020-2022 Sustainability Report.