Axalta has announced the opening of its new South African central office in Midrand, Gauteng, dedicated to automotive refinish coatings technology.
Hannes Kloppers, Country Business Leader for Axalta in South Africa, said: “This is an exciting time for Axalta in South Africa and marks a huge milestone not only for us and our employees, but also, and most importantly, for our valued customers, who will benefit from the expanding customer service support and infrastructure.”
Axalta said the office and the theory training room with multimedia facilities are already operational. The practical training area, which will include spray booths and a mixing room, will be ready for delegate intake from mid-2019. Once completed, the facility will offer refinishers the opportunity to receive quality, professional training and to learn invaluable skills that they can take back to their body shops.
Lucian Jantjies, National Sales Leader for Axalta Refinish in South Africa, said: “The facility is designed to be a state-of-the-art learning and training environment, complete with practical equipment for hands-on training as well as the experts to impart the theory behind it. It is an open, collaborative and creative working environment for customers and employees alike. It will enable us to work more closely with our customers, to ensure their needs are met and to help them develop their businesses. Axalta’s investment in this new facility demonstrates our commitment to our customers and to the South African refinish market.”
Axalta said its new office is strategically located in Midrand, which is ideally situated to serve a large customer base. With satellite refinish offices in Cape Town, KwaZulu Natal and Port Elizabeth, the company said it is well positioned to meet its customers’ needs in South Africa.
Axalta will host an opening ceremony once the full training facilities are operational. A series of refinish training programmes for Spies Hecker, Standox and Duxone will be on offer to those who want to improve their skills and learn about the latest technology and applications.