Axalta has opened its state-of-the-art sustainable facility in the Netherlands to strengthen its Dutch refinish business.
The ultramodern, strategically located facility enables Axalta to provide more customers with refinish paint and non-paint products and services. The Axalta global refinish brands in the Netherlands – Standox, Spies Hecker, Cromax and Syrox – all relocated to the new facility in May this year.
“This is an exciting time for our refinish business in Europe and specifically, the Netherlands,” said Jim Muse, Vice President of Axalta Refinish in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “Our new facility in Tiel is all-electric and exceeds local sustainability requirements. It makes us an excellent, future-ready partner to our customers as we work together toward a greener future.”
Muse was present to officially open the new 7250-square-metre premises. Members of the Axalta Leadership Team in Europe, the Management Team in the Netherlands, Axalta Refinish employees, as well as key customers and partners attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was followed by a reception that adhered to local pandemic guidance.
The facility includes the new Dutch Axalta Refinish Academy – an “innovative body shop environment for training refinishers of the future to deliver the highest-quality paint repairs”. It is equipped with cutting-edge technology and delivers advanced techniques, including next generation drying tools such as an infrared drying rail system. It also features the recently launched Daisy Wheel 3.0, which Axalta says enables fully end-to-end automated colour mixing for the first time and works seamlessly with Axalta’s Digital Colour Management.
A separate mixing room – part of Axalta’s direct point of distribution – is equipped with an “ultra-modern” dual paint mixer to make it quick and easy for customers who need large quantities of refinish coatings. The facility also comprises expanded office space across three floors, a large automated warehouse for first-class service delivery, and local colour development.
“Our state-of-the-art academy is a well-equipped, welcoming space that gives Axalta refinishers the opportunity to learn about the fastest and most productive paint processes available anywhere in the world,” Muse said. “The new facility is a triumph in terms of innovation and technical capabilities. We are committed to helping our customers become more productive with high-quality coating products, as well as providing training and consultancy on key business topics such as efficient body shop processes for improved profitability.”
Axalta said the facility is located at Tiel’s Business Park Medel, where green management, sustainability, security, and infrastructure are top priorities.