Axalta Leads Discussion on Global Trends in Coatings Market at Shanghai Campus Tech Talk

Axalta Champions Sustainable Coatings Solutions

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 9:19 am EST
"The future of the coatings industry rests with scientists and engineers in R&D and their ability to develop sustainable coating solutions that can keep up with global demand"

SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“The future of the coatings industry rests with scientists and engineers in R&D and their ability to develop sustainable coating solutions that can keep up with global demand,” said Dr. Panos Kordomenos, Chief Technology Officer and head of global research and development for Axalta Coating Systems, at a Tech Talk workshop hosted by Axalta on December 2, 2014, with students, academics and industry professionals at the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), one of the most prestigious universities in China. Axalta is a leading global supplier of liquid and powder industrial coatings with extensive operations in China.

The Shanghai Tech talk is the pilot session of Axalta’s Sustainable Technology Education Program which supports academic excellence in the field of sustainable technology and brings promising students closer to the field of international research and development in the coatings industry.

Dr. Kordomenos provided an overview of Axalta and then launched into an overview of the science sub-specialties that are used at Axalta such as rheology, color science and spectrometry, and dispersion chemistry. He also led a discussion on the popularity of lighter weight advanced composite materials that improve vehicle fuel efficiency and the formulations that are needed to ensure effective coating performance on such materials.

“The global coatings industry is becoming more environmentally responsible and we can see a transition taking place towards favoring sustainable solutions fueled by government regulations and customer demand,” said Dr. Kordomenos. “Developments in the Chinese market are in keeping with global trends – and sometimes may even lead those trends - and Axalta’s sustainable business model and research tradition is designed to ensure our ability to serve emerging customer needs."

Professor Li Yongsheng, Vice Dean of ECUST’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, said, “The partnership between a global leader in innovation and sustainable industry such as Axalta and a top educational institution such as our own is valuable for our students and faculty. Understanding the latest industry trends is essential in inspiring the new generation of talent to become the industry pioneers of the future.”

Dr. Lei Qiao, head of Axalta Technical Center in Shanghai, said, “We consider collaboration between industry and academia as an essential component of our R&D plan that will help us our fuel growth by serving our customers. Our innovative technology requires the best research and scientists in the industry, many of whom will graduate from universities like ECUST in China and leading universities in other countries. It’s with this in mind that we share our knowledge on global trends and coating innovations with the leaders and scientists of tomorrow.”

Axalta is a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings that believes in the power of innovation and is backed by a global R&D network of scientists and engineers. The company is constantly looking for new ways to improve sustainable practices by reducing the consumption of raw materials, energy use, and VOC emissions.

Axalta’s products are designed to fulfill regulatory and customer sustainability requirements for reduced environmental impact such as powder products which emit no VOCs or targeted HAPs, waterborne and high solid coating products which are designed to deliver high quality finish on vehicles with improved productivity, reduced VOC emissions and reduced energy consumption during application. Axalta also provides system solutions with advanced application processes designed to increase product lifespan by reducing corrosion and waste, generating energy more efficiently and saving customers time and costs. Coatings from Axalta’s electrical insulation line of products, Voltatex, also are formulated to increase energy production in motors and generators.

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light vehicle OEMs, automotive refinish and commercial vehicles to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on twitter.


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