Our History

More than 150 years of innovation in the coatings industry


From the inception of our business in 1866 to the manufacture of next-generation, environmentally compatible products demanded in the 21st century, we have continued to evolve. What has not changed is a tradition of quality, technology, innovation and leadership that puts our customers first.



1866


Herberts, the original producer of Standox® paint products is founded. Today, Standox is among the world’s leading producers of vehicle refinishing systems


 

1882


Spies Hecker® is founded, with its first facilities in London and Cologne


 

1904


Breakthroughs in enamel technology with Permanent® colors add speed, durability and improved appearance to vehicle finishes


 

1923


The automotive industry takes on new life when the first Duco® color paints are used on cars. Advances in the manufacturing of nitrocellulose lacquer make it possible to apply paint with spray guns (instead of by hand) while also reducing paint drying times from days to hours



1929


Dulux® alkyd enamel coatings take advantage of new baking and curing technologies, making them more resistant and durable



1935


The first mixing-machine tinting system is developed, leading to greater accuracy, productivity and quality



1948


Our ColorMaster™ colorimeter is commercialized, improving color design and matching for OEMs and refinishers alike



1957


Our scientists develop the first L, a, b color cube-root equation for color, which becomes part of the foundation of modern color science



1970


Imron® polyurethane enamel is introduced, bringing brilliant coatings to transportation vehicle manufacturers around the world



1980


Alesta® powder coating is launched, providing decorative finishes for customers in new industries



1982


The first waterborne OEM coatings are introduced in North America, featuring lower VOC levels and a reduced environmental impact



1984


The debut of Voltatex®, the world’s first line of insulation coatings to deliver faster hardening and better handling



1992


Our Cromax® waterborne refinish basecoat offers improved appearance while meeting more aggressive environmental goals



2000


We extend our commitment to safety and sustainability with the introduction of lead- and tin-free e-coats



2007


Our EcoConcept paint technologies are launched, making it possible for OEMs to reduce the number of coating applications



2011


Acquire Plus EFX™ is created. This advanced spectrophotometer looks deep into a paint film to gather color and flake characteristics that are the key to better color matching



2013


Axalta Coating Systems is established as the leading global company fully dedicated to coatings



2014


On November 12 Axalta becomes publicly traded, NYSE: AXTA



2016


Axalta Coating Systems celebrates 150 years in the coatings industry



2017


Axalta enters industrial wood coatings business with acquisition of Valspar North America



2018


Axalta opens new 175,000-square-foot Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia



2019


Axalta opens new regional warehouse and training facility in Western Sydney