At a dedicated network of technology centres across the globe, we look for new products and processes to meet evolving customer needs while continually evaluating ways to improve existing products. Axalta currently has a portfolio of more than 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications reflecting the technical strength of 150 years in the coatings industry. Today, we deploy a dynamic team of more than 1,400 research fellows, scientists, engineers and technicians at research centres in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific where we tailor research to develop and improve products that will withstand the rigors of regional climates, fulfil customer needs, and comply with local regulations. 

In the Lab

In our laboratories, research focuses on polymers and pigments - the building blocks of colour coatings. Experts in polymer synthesis search for new resins that will produce coatings that adhere better, resist scratches and UV degradation, have the correct viscosity and protect against corrosion. Colour technologists evaluate pigments and dispersion properties to create the most efficient coatings. The goal is to provide the brilliant visual effects and meet performance standards our customers demand. 

Colour technologists around the globe are always searching for new application tools. In a body shop, a refinish job is perfect only if it is an exact match with the rest of the vehicle. Axalta colour scientists are a leading force in digital colour rendering techniques that can provide vivid colour visualisation of a coated vehicle without using a single drop of paint. Beyond the laboratory, we subject our products to rigorous pre- and post-market evaluation. 

Axalta is enhancing its laboratory capabilities. A new Asia-Pacific Technology Centre will open in Shanghai in 2016.  A new Global Innovation Center will open in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 2017 and serve as the hub of the company’s worldwide R&D programme.

Customer benefits

Our customers reap the benefits of our innovation. Our latest generation high throw power AquaEC 4000 electrocoat process provides consumers with improved corrosion resistance while improving productivity and performance for vehicle manufactures. Third generation waterborne products for OEMs and refinish customers provide improved hide with fewer coats and faster turnaround time. New coating application technologies provide consistent application of water-based and solventborne coatings adapted for different temperature and humidity environments.