Axalta Introduces New Products To Audurra

Axalta has continued to design and develop user-friendly products for the professional body shop through its refinish non-paint consumable brand, Audurra. The recently expanded range of products now includes masking foil, mixing cups/lids, stirrers and wipes. In addition, there is a new premium abrasives range which includes discs, strips and soft rolls.

The company says these premium discs, strips and soft rolls are specifically developed to work effectively with Axalta paint systems and are designed for high efficiency sanding. They form part of a new sanding system that focuses on choosing the product that is right for the application, as opposed to choosing a grit size. Products are classified as A-B-C-D-E to make sanding easier, with only eight items to cover 90 per cent of applications. The system aids in avoiding application errors and results in re-coatability without scratch or swirl marks, while the multi-hole pattern makes them flexible for use on pads and blocks.

The product features four grits for paint preparation (A to D). The coarse grits focus on removal rate and time savings, while the fine grits have low scratch depths for perfect finish. In addition, there is one grit (E) for use in blending.

To find out more about the Audurra range, contact an Axalta distributor or go to www.axalta.com.au/audurra.

Car-O-Liner Introduces CTR9 Auto Spot Welder

Car-O-Liner has released its new CTR9, a fully automatic welder that comes with a new, “revolutionised” light-weight transformer gun.

With its 355-degree swivel handle and ergo-grip, Car-O-Liner says it enables perfect working positions for anyone, for any job. The gun is supported by a telescopic arm made with durable and lightweight extruded aluminium that can be easily adjusted both vertically and horizontally. A compact power unit with a low centre of gravity gives mobility and stability, and a 16,000-amp transformer and CANBUS communication ensure a perfect weld every time, according to the company.

Other features include the automatic establishment of required settings to ensure the proper weld nugget, along with an advanced quality control system that monitors and adjusts the welder to guarantee the total energy input.

The CTR9 is easily upgradable via its USB port, while its storage tray allows all tools and accessories to be kept close at hand. The WeldLogger functionality also enables the ability to create work orders and document them in log files that can be printed if required.

The CTR9 is now available from your local Car-O-Liner distributor.

Ferrari Introduces The World’s First Low-Bake Paint Technology

Thanks to an on-going collaboration with PPG, Ferrari has introduced an innovative low temperature paint system, making the Prancing Horse the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new Low Cure clear coat technology.

The new two-component paint system incorporates a specially formulated clear coat which makes it possible for the car to be baked at 100°C instead of 150°C, cutting energy costs and enhancing the sustainability of the process.

The Low Cure resins contain a new hardener which enhances the chemical and mechanical resistance of the coating. The new formula also boosts cross-coat linking which simultaneously increases chemical hydrophobicity and reduces water permeability.

Additionally, the new solution makes it possible to bake carbon-fibre and composite components together with the bodyshell, resulting in colour uniformity between the various body components.

Thanks to the new technology, Ferrari has industrialised a process to produce at least 61 different basecoat colours by combining metallic basecoats with a gloss or matte pigmented clear coat.

Axalta To Exhibit Latest Spray Guns And Consultancy Programs At Autocare 2018

Axalta Coating Systems will be exhibiting at the inaugural Autocare 2018 Convention to be held on the 4-5 May at Darling Harbour’s International Convention Centre in Sydney. Located at Booth H13, the exhibit space will feature Sagola spray guns and Axalta Services Programs, with an opportunity to win great prizes for the most engaged attendee.

Axalta will present the latest additions to its spray gun range from Sagola plus Axalta Services consultancy programs. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to launch two new Sagola spray guns, the gravity fed 3300 GTO CAR Spray Gun plus the industrial  4100 Xtreme Suction Spray Gun.  Each gun will complement Sagola’s already well-established spray gun portfolio, which will also be on display.  In addition, Axalta Services will be there to answer any consultancy based questions, providing advice and recommendations regarding helping business to improve profitability and promoting up and coming courses, such as Repair Planning and Recruitment.

“Axalta, in alignment with Autocare 2018, will focus on providing the latest in refinish products and services, global industry trends and best practice Lean processes,” explained Paul Polverino, Axalta’s National Training Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “There will also be great prizes to be won, with a Limited Edition Sagola Scrambler Spray Gun up for grabs.”

Autocare 2018 is an education-led event designed to allow automotive professionals to see the latest products and technologies, keynote addresses and plenary discussions, as well as take part in live training sessions delivered by local and international experts. The event will be a great opportunity to network and gain industry knowledge aimed at helping businesses to grow. You can register to attend Autocare 2018 at no charge by visiting www.autocare.org.au.

For more information on Axalta and its products and services go to www.axalta.com.au or call 1800 292 582.

New Cromax Accelerator Speeds Up Air-Drying

Cromax has developed a new accelerator that helps Cromax High Productive Surfacers dry faster at ambient temperatures.

High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 changes the drying properties of High Productive Surfacer 1051R (white) and High Productive Surfacer 1057R (black) to cut air-drying times from 60 minutes to 30 minutes at 20°C, which is especially effective during the cooler months of the year.

“It’s important to us to support our refinishers’ aim of increased throughput and productivity, and the introduction of a dedicated High Productive Accelerator for our High Productive Surfacers certainly does just that,” said Jim Iliopoulos, Axalta’s Product and Technical Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 is mixed with the High Productive Surfacers, for up to three coats, wet-on-wet with no flash-off times. This eliminates between 10 and 20 minutes of unproductive flash-off time, significantly improves the speed of overall application and drying, and makes the refinish process more efficient and economical, whilst also helping to save energy.”

The High Productive Surfacer is mixed with the VHS Fast Activator XK203 and High Productive Accelerator AZ1050 in a ratio of 5:1:2. This accelerated primer system has excellent vertical stability.

High Productive Surfacer 1051R (white) and High Productive Surfacer 1057R (black) are part of the ValueShade concept, which helps to deliver the optimal undercoat for every topcoat colour. Different shades of grey are matched to different topcoat colours, delivering a combination that requires less paint. All Cromax colour retrieval tools specify the right ValueShade for every topcoat, which can minimise preparation time, increase colour hiding, decrease paint consumption and help to reap improved productivity and profitability.

Cromax Launches New Ultra Performance Energy Clear

Cromax, one of the premium brands of Axalta Coating Systems, has launched a new high-quality, low-energy clear that dries in five minutes at 60°C. The new Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 is the most productive clear available from Cromax. Parts can be assembled after only 15 minutes, and it also dries at room temperature, so body shops need very little energy to work with it.

Body shops no longer have to choose between a top appearance and high output with CC6700, they can have both. Extensive field tests of Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 have demonstrated high productivity and an exceptional, mirror like finish. Compared to conventional clear coats, CC6700 significantly reduces the energy consumption of a typical paint job either in a short bake cycle or in curing at room temperature.

“We wanted to offer body shops a practical solution to improve their work processes,” said John Nettleton, Cromax Product and Colour Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “Based on a new resin technology, it is the only top appearance clear coat to dry this quickly. It will help body shops maximise their output, whilst making significant energy savings without any extra investment.”

The new Ultra Performance Energy Clear CC6700 is conveniently available in a five-litre pack size. It is easy to apply in 1.5 coats and be used in conjunction with one of two Cromax activators – the AR7702 Energy Activator Standard or AR7703 Energy HT/HH Activator.

It is now available from your nearest Cromax distributor or visit www.cromax.com.au/CC6700.

Clear Simplicity with PE2600 From ChemSpec USA

The Montana Big Sky PE2600 2K Clearcoat from ChemSpec USA offers what the company describes as “clear simplicity”. The clear is renowned worldwide for being user-friendly and can be applied under a range conditions found throughout Australia – from the hot summers in Queensland to the cool winters in Victoria.

Using urethane technology, PE2600 offers the flexibility needed for spot, multi-panel and overall refinishing. With a 2:1 mix ratio, a high film build can be achieved after the application of two full coats. ChemSpec USA says the final result is a deep rich gloss with premium durability.

The PE2600 Clearcoat is available in a five-litre pack with activators offered in Fast and Medium speeds. It is part of the Montana Big Sky product range, which is based on performance and value. ChemSpec USA says the customer can be confident that the company’s products deliver desired results, with the Montana Big Sky line enjoying a history of repeat customers.

ChemSpec USA is now part of the Axalta Coating Systems family of brands and is dedicated to growing and strengthening relationships with customers in the USA and worldwide. In Australia, the company continues to improve its brand offering and expand its footprint with support from ChemSpec USA representative, Corey Smith and a network of distributors.

For more information on ChemSpec USA in Australia, call local representative Corey Smith on 0419 552 868 or email [email protected].

Axalta Unveils StarLite As Its Automotive Colour Of The Year 2018

Axalta Coating Systems announced the release of StarLite, its 2018 Automotive Colour of the Year. StarLite is a modern, technology-savvy, premium colour for vehicles of today and tomorrow. Borne from Axalta’s ChromaDyne line of colour coats developed for automotive OEMs, StarLite is a light and reflective hue that uses Axalta’s tri-coat process, which is formulated with synthetic pearl flakes to create an eye catching pearlescent effect. It is a sophisticated colour that is designed to look great on all vehicle sizes while also providing functional benefits.

“From a popularity perspective, there will never be a better year to highlight StarLite as an automotive pacesetter,” said Nancy Lockhart, Axalta Global Colour Marketing Manager. “While we see white cars everywhere, the rise in popularity of pearlescent pigments that reflect light underscores StarLite’s role as a modern, luxury colour.”

Axalta’s recently released 2017 Global Automotive Colour Popularity Report, which documents vehicle colour trends by geography, reported white as the number one colour in the world for the seventh consecutive year. Globally, nearly 40 per cent of buyers chose white in 2017, which is up two full percentage points from 2016. White surpassed black, the second most popular colour globally by 23 per cent. Pearlescent white, the category that includes StarLite, grew four percentage points to 13 per cent overall in 2017.

“Highly reflective colours can contribute to the functionality of driverless vehicles because lighter colours, like StarLite, are more easily detectable by LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems,” Lockhart continued. “So, while StarLite may not apply to all autonomous detection systems, Axalta believes these shades will become increasingly important to automakers.”

Car manufacturers consider many factors when designing a vehicle, including how to protect it from harsh road conditions and environments, safety, emission outputs and fuel efficiency. Researchers at the Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area showed how a vehicle’s colour affects fuel economy and emissions. Berkeley Lab’s tests found that using white or similar paint instead of black paint could enable manufacturers to downsize a car’s air conditioner and raise fuel economy by 2.0 per cent, decrease CO2 emissions by 1.9 per cent, and reduce other automotive emissions by about one per cent.

“This research appears to support what we felt all along; StarLite is a cool colour,” added Lockhart.

For more on StarLite, visit www.axalta.com.au/StarLite.

Axalta’s Promotion To Celebrate New Partnership With Finixa In Australia

Axalta Coating Systems have unveiled their latest promotion ‘Reel Experts Can Tackle Anything with Axalta and Finixa’ to celebrate a new alliance with automotive consumables giant Finixa. By simply purchasing a Promotion Kit that includes a range of Axalta paint products and Finixa consumables, the purchaser will receive a free Daiwa Fishing Rod and Reel valued at $59.95. In addition, they can also enter the draw to win a brand new Quintrex 450 Fishabout Boat valued at $26,500.

Entry into the competition is easy. Simply purchase any branded promotional kit from a participating Axalta distributor, between 1 December 2017 through to 28 February 2018. Then head to www.axaltapromotions.com.au. Here you will find full Terms and Conditions, a listing of participating distributors plus information on how to enter the competition.

Each promotional kit includes:

  • Primer, Putty & Activator (Spies Hecker or Standox or Cromax)
  • Axalta 1K E-coat Aerosols
  • Sagola® MP300 Mask
  • Sontara® Tack Cloths
  • Finixa Introductory Consumables Kit
    PLUS, A BONUS Daiwa Fishing Rod and Reel valued at $59.95

With each promotional kit, you will be eligible for one entry to the competition, with the winning prize of a Quintrex boat including a trailer, safety equipment, registration and dealer delivery.

Finixa products are aimed at the collision repair sector that includes panel and paint preparation products, paint consumables, personal protection equipment (PPE), spray booth products and more. They are designed and manufactured in Belgium and are subject to strict testing criteria. And, like Axalta, Finixa continuously evolves to meet the ever-changing demands of the automotive industry, through extensive research and development that is focused on product innovation and improvement.

For more information on the Finixa range of products talk to your local Axalta distributor.

Symach Expands Production Capacity With New TRUMPF Equipment

Symach is designing a cutting-edge 3000-square-metre technical department in a facility at Calderara di Reno in Bologna, Italy. It will be equipped with a complete TRUMPF machining line including a TruPunch 3000 Sheetmaster machine for cutting sheet metal and loading, unloading and selecting parts, as well as a TruBend Series 5000 bending machine.

“TRUMPF is the world leader in sheet metal processing automation,” said Osvaldo Bergaglio, owner and president of Symach. “We are making a significant investment of approximately 1.5 million euros in this equipment, which will provide Symach with the best tooling for optimising production and having direct control over the quality of our products.” In addition, Bergaglio said it will increase production capacity by almost five times, allowing Symach to reduce delivery times and costs, as well as improve on quality assurance of the company’s product.

Machine installation is scheduled for January 2018 and the department is expected to be fully operational in March 2018. Currently, departmental staff are completing training at the TRUMPF headquarters in Milan, Italy, to learn how to best utilise the machines.

Symach said it has specialised in body shop design, construction and installation of its state-of-the-art technology and equipment worldwide since 2010. “We take pride in supporting our customers in the customisation of their bodywork and in staff training,” said Bergaglio. “We plan to continue investing in technology and product research and focus on continuous innovation as a key to success.”

There are now more than 70 customers around the world using the Symach FixLine model, working closely with Symach consultants to ensure their business goals are met. Symach said the new department marks a further evolution of its history in the direction of customer satisfaction.

“We support our customers in the achievement of increased production, efficiency, delivery of service and their profitability goals,” said Bergaglio. “The attestations of gratitude and friendship that come from them continue to give us the motivation and dedication to continue doing our work well.”

Bergaglio added that the spirit and mission that drive Symach demonstrate how the company will provide tangible innovation to the collision repair industry in the years to come.