US Axalta expands coatings tech centre with new pilot reactor

09 August 2013 18:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Axalta Coatings Systems has invested $5m (€3.8m) in a new pilot reactor to support coatings polymer research and scale-up activities at its Coatings Technology Center (CTC) in Wilmington, Delaware, the US-based firm announced on Friday.

Axalta has begun operations at the pilot reactor, which is a small-scale manufacturing system that allows new polymer formulations to be produced in a way that mimics full-scale production.

The reactor system produces polymers that can be used for both traditional solvent-based and more environmental-friendly water-based coating products for automotive, transportation, general industrial and select architectural customers.

“Coatings are about appearance and performance,” said Charles Shaver, Axalta’s CEO. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible coatings, ones that will cure faster, adhere better, offer the latest colours and be more durable than any others on the market.”

Axalta is the new name of DuPont Performance Coatings, which was acquired by The Carlyle Group in February.

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