The Motor Trade Association of South Australia / Northern Territory (MTA SA / NT) has installed a PPG MoonWalk automated mixing machine at its Royal Park training facility in Adelaide.
According to Paul Unerkov, CEO at the MTA SA / NT, the MoonWalk machine provides a high-tech focal point that helps showcase the advancements occurring in the industry.
“Technology is constantly evolving and we want to be at the forefront of promoting it, so MoonWalk links in nicely. Our training facility gets used for a lot of industry activities so it’s a great place to expose people to advanced new technologies. For example, we have already had a body repair group meeting here and, as part of that, we could expose MoonWalk to a number of leading South Australian collision repairers,” Unerkov said.
“Through our Group Training Scheme, we are training the next crop of apprentices and they are also getting to see this latest equipment technology in action. Another factor is that the MTA SA / NT engages with a lot of schools where we actually promote automotive trades and the potential career pathways available. As part of that, we have a lot of school group tours through our training facility and it’s here that technology such as MoonWalk can be used to change the perception of the industry and show that it’s going high-tech in the way we repair and paint vehicles.”
Unerkov said MoonWalk has received a positive reaction from apprentices, staff, and visitors. “For anyone who understands the traditional way of mixing refinish paint, when you show them what MoonWalk is capable of, it’s very impressive. It’s great for our brand to be linked with industry leaders, such as PPG,” he added.