Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, formally launched the Asia-Pacific Technology Center (APTC), in Minhang District of Shanghai. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry and more than 1,300 scientists, engineers, and staff engaged in R&D, the center joins Axalta’s worldwide network of four global technology centers and more than 30 country laboratories. Axalta also has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.In addition, a new Global Innovation Center is under construction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman, and CEO commented at the opening“Innovation is crucial to driving our future as well as to the success of our customers. The Asia-Pacific Technology Center reflects our strategy to build a strong technology hub in the region that is integrated into our global R&D organization. APTC will be the latest example yet of Axalta’s commitment to innovation that enables customers to maintain a competitive edge and achieve long-term success.”
Feng Xiao Ming, General Manager and Executive Director of the Minhang Group, said, “The new landmark in Shanghai is a proud symbol of innovation, R&D, and technology leadership. The center’s contribution to R&D will help put China on the global map of innovation in the coating industry.”
In addition to laboratories, the APTC houses a Refinish Training Center (RTC) and Global Color Development Center. The laboratories at APTC include a Coating R&D laboratory, a Coating System Testing laboratory, and a Transportation Application Laboratory. In the near future, wood coatings and powder coatings laboratories will be added.
Dr. Barry Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Axalta, added, “Axalta builds innovative technology to meet evolving customer requirements. The APTC is equipped with world-class capabilities and talent to deliver technology and products that meet customer needs in practical, proactive and sustainable ways, whether it’s in application know-how, color technology, or in polymer and formulation chemistry.”