Axalta Opens Refinish Center in South Africa
Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced the opening of a new refinish training center in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 1,000-square-meter (10,763-square-foot) center is home to Axalta’s global refinish brands Spies Hecker, Standox, Duxone, Challenger and Nason Finishes. In addition to space for theoretical training, the facility houses two spray booths, two preparation areas and two mixing rooms.
“Axalta is dedicated to anticipating our customers’ needs by offering the best possible support and services all around the world,” said Hannes Kloppers, Country Business Leader for Axalta in South Africa.
“We want refinishers to excel at every stage of the paint repair process and our new Training Center gives them the opportunity to work with the very latest products and equipment in a modern and dynamic environment. Everything has been designed to ensure refinishers have an excellent experience and return to their bodyshops with the skills they need to work faster, more efficiently and more successfully.”
According to Axalta, the spray booths are fitted with three-panel folding doors to provide an extra-wide opening. The spray booth floors are fully extracted and balanced, which helps refinishers achieve the highest quality paint finish during training, the company notes.
For improved energy efficiency, the spray booths also have an advanced auxiliary air movement system, which supplies heated and filtered airflow from each corner. This set-up has been proven to speed up the drying process by up to 35%, according to Axalta. The spray booths are fitted with a fully automatic variable airflow system, which requires no operator selection.