Axalta signed an agreement to develop a new, state-of-the-art facility in the Netherlands for its Dutch refinish business.
Once construction is completed, Axalta’s global refinish brands in the Netherlands – Cromax, Spies Hecker, Standox, and Syrox – will relocate to the new facility on Business Park Medel, both in Tiel.
The facility will also house Metalak BV.
“There has been a period of growth and change following our acquisition of Metalak in 2015,” said Adrien Schrobiltgen, Axalta’s VP for Refinish Systems in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We have outgrown our current location’s ability to support us in the way in which we need it.”
Axalta’s plot in Business Park Medel is 12,000 square metres and will house, once completed, a large facility comprised of office space over three floors, a warehouse, and a new Axalta training centre as well as separate mixing room, which is part of Axalta’s direct business point of distribution, servicing both high-volume customers as well as local colour development.
“We are always looking to improve our level of support to our customers, so today, with a view to the future, we commit to building a state-of-the-art facility,” said Bas van de Ven, Axalta’s managing director for Refinish in the Netherlands “The new training centre will be able to meet the future needs of the market, while the new offices and sophisticated automated warehouse will allow us to take our daily operations to the next level and to attract and to retain outstanding talent.”
Ground is due to be broken on the site in October 2019, with an anticipated completion date by summer 2020. The facility will be operational and ready to move into by September 2020.
BMW Group has renewed its annual approval of Spies Hecker and Standox. The agreement, which is for BMW and MINI passenger car repair, covers the BMW Group service network in 51 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Jürgen Knorr, Director, Key Accounts Director for Axalta’s Refinish Systems in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says “Spies Hecker and Standox have been recommended by BMW Group for 22 years now and we are delighted to be continuing our very successful partnership.”
The agreement recommends BMW Group’s dealerships and service garages use Spies Hecker and Standox refinish paint technologies and the renewal is based on thorough performance testing. It also includes wide-ranging support and focused training from both Spies Hecker and Standox.
“Thanks to Axalta’s constant product and technology development, the refinish technologies offered by Spies Hecker and Standox are not only heavily focused on sustainability by helping to reduce energy consumption and waste and the use of less material, but also ensure the paintwork repairs on BMW cars perform to the specified quality levels. And innovations like Axalta’s Digital Colour Management help BMW Group’s dealerships and service garages to be more efficient and more profitable. By supplying our customers with innovative and cutting-edge technologies, we hope to gain reapproval for many more years to come,” says Knorr.
Porsche has added Cromax to its list of approved car paint repair brands, making all three of Axalta’s premium global refinish brands – Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox – authorised for use by Porsche dealerships and body shops worldwide. Axalta has held technical approval with Porsche for more than 20 years with Spies Hecker and Standox.
The rolling approval ensures that Porsche cars are repaired with the highest quality products using the most modern technologies.
“We are delighted to be continuing our successful partnership with Porsche AG with the inclusion of Cromax in the Porsche AG Paint Manual,” said Jürgen Knorr, Director Key Accounts for Axalta’s Refinish Systems in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The highly productive and value-added paint systems offered by Cromax are a perfect fit for Porsche approved body shops and dealerships to enable repairs that maintain the value of a vehicle and to ensure strict warranty requirements are met.”
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.