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BULLE, Switzerland: Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has received certification in accordance with NSF/ANSI 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects standards for its Abcite® thermoplastic powder coatings, which are used in a wide variety of industrial applications including pipes and fittings for drinking water systems. NSF International is a global independent public health and environmental organization responsible for standards development, as well as product testing and certification. NSF/ANSI 61 addresses the safety of products used in drinking water systems, with particular focus on potential adverse health effects.
“NSF/ANSI 61 is a widely recognized industry standard for protecting consumers and public health,” says Fréderic de Borman Chautems, Axalta’s Abcite product specialist based in Switzerland. “Our Abcite coatings offer outstanding corrosion and UV protection and are extremely tough, but we wanted our customers to be aware of how safe they can be when in contact with drinking water. Our Abcite certification to NSF/ANSI 61, achieved only after a thorough audit and stringent testing process, helps demonstrate that Abcite is truly reliable.”
To achieve certification, Axalta had to submit information on product formulation, toxicology and use, open its plant for audit, provide NSF International with a sample for laboratory product testing and undergo a full toxicology evaluation. This stringent process is designed to ensure that no potentially harmful chemicals leach into drinking water. All certified Abcite products will be identified by an NSF/ANSI 61 certification mark.
Axalta is one of a select few thermoplastic powder manufacturers that has earned this global certification. This milestone will allow Axalta to further expand its global footprint into the pipe coating market by offering protective barrier coating solutions, from source to tap, for large and small scale water distribution systems throughout the world.
Abcite thermoplastic coatings are formulated for toughness and chip resistance while also respecting the environment, as they contain zero VOCs. Used to protect water pipes, valves, filters and fittings, outdoor furniture and fittings - including fences, benches, lamp posts and playground equipment - as well as transportation, marine and offshore structures, this exceptional thermoplastic powder coating is applied as a single layer system without a primer undercoat.
About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, automotive refinish and commercial vehicles 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 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information, visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on twitter.