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Axalta Opens World's Largest Research & Development Centre Dedicated to Coatings and Colour at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, USA

New 16,000m2 Global Innovation Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard - More than 200 engineers and scientists at the forefront of colour and coatings innovation

Philadelphia, USA – 8 November 2018 - Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, celebrated the official opening of its Global Innovation Center, the largest coatings research and development (R&D) centre in the world, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 7 November. The 16,000m2 Global Innovation Center offers unparalleled specialty labs, as well as office space. Its location in Philadelphia's historic Navy Yard enables collaboration among Axalta employees, business partners, and customers throughout the Philadelphia area and beyond.

"Axalta's Global Innovation Center will become the central hub for our global research, product development, and technology initiatives where we develop and deliver the most innovative coatings products in the world," said Robert Bryant, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Axalta. "Whether in colour technology, polymer and formulation chemistry, or application knowledge, the world-class capabilities and talent at Axalta's Global Innovation Center will fuel new products and deliver the solutions that our customers want to grow their businesses into the future." 

The Navy Yard location offers an attractive workplace for new talent, and the Axalta campus was built with researchers in mind, modelling an academic setting with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces to foster teamwork and creativity.

Barry Snyder, Axalta’s Chief Technology Officer, said, "Axalta's team of scientists and technicians at the Global Innovation Center will develop next generation coatings products and keep pace with emerging application needs. Regulations and customer demands call for newer technologically advanced coatings.  The increasing use of light-weight plastic and composite materials in vehicles to save fuel require new coatings formulations. Developing products to suit these and other needs will be the mission of the Global Innovation Center and Axalta's worldwide research and development network."

Axalta hosted more than 100 customers for a first look of the Global Innovation Center with tours of the facility. For more information about Axalta's Global Innovation Center, please visit

About Axalta

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colourful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 14 000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

Axalta ribbon cutting Philadelphia

Ceremoniously cutting the ribbon to open the Axalta Global Innovation Center are (l to r): Rob Ferris, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Axalta; Barry Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Axalta; Robert Bryant, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Axalta; Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia; U.S. Representative Dwight Evans (PA-D); Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District), Philadelphia City Council; John Grady, President, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation; John Gattuso, Senior Vice President and Regional Director, Liberty Property Trust and Councilman Allan Domb, (At-Large), Philadelphia City Council.