At a dedicated network of technology centers 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 approximately 1,000 granted 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 centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific where we tailor research to develop and improve products that will withstand the rigors of regional climates, fulfill customer needs, and comply with local regulations.
In the Lab
In our laboratories, research focuses on polymers and pigments - the building blocks of color 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. Color 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.
Color 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 color scientists are a leading force in digital color rendering techniques that can provide vivid color visualization 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 globally. In 2016, we opened a new Asia-Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai. And, on November 7, 2018, Axalta celebrated the official opening of its Global Innovation Center, the largest coatings research and development (R&D) center in the world. The Global Innovation Center serves as the hub of the company’s worldwide R&D program.
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 waterbased and solventborne coatings adapted for different temperature and humidity environments.
We are pleased to have won two Edison Best New Products™ awards at a ceremony in April 2019, honoring products that demonstrate excellence in technological innovation, new product and service development, marketing, and human-centered design. Axalta’s Acquire™ Quantum EFX won Bronze and Voltaprem 5000 won Silver in the Materials Science and Engineering category.
Read more about these awards in the full press release.