Axalta Coating Systems, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, yesterday announced the grand opening of its Americas Technology Center (ATC) at its manufacturing and resource complex in Mount Clemens. The ATC will provide product research and development resources to customers in the western hemisphere as one of the company’s four principal global technology centers.
The ATC project involved an 18-month development to transform and expand existing laboratory space and spray facilities. Axalta’s scientists, chemists, and engineers will develop the next generation of coatings products for light vehicle, commercial vehicle, refinish, and industrial customers throughout North and South America. Previous research and development conducted at the facility principally served the light vehicle segment in North America.
“As a strategic part of Axalta’s global network of technology centers, the ATC will combine our global expertise and research resources with local talent and market knowledge across the Americas,” says Barry Snyder, Axalta’s senior vice president and chief technology officer. “This new space adds new capabilities to aid the Axalta team in further advancing our coatings technology to increase the durability of coatings, enhance customer productivity, and provide beautiful colors. Michigan is home to nearly 400 automotive research and development centers, and we are proud to count our Americas Technology Center among them.”
Axalta has more than 150 years in the coatings industry, and serves 100,000 customers in 130 countries with coatings, application systems, and technology.