Axalta Developing Digital Paint Technology
Global coatings company Axalta has reportedly entered a partnership with Xaar, a manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies, to develop a sustainable digital paint technology for the transportation industry.
According to Axalta's press release, Axalta NextJet could help to enable design flexibility for two-tone vehicles, while also allowing customers to create patterns, details and images in a sustainable way.
Digital paint, also referred to as overspray-free application, is reportedly an advanced paint application that can allow for precise paint placement. The digital paint coating technology also reportedly eliminates masking and reduces labor, energy and waste while increasing productivity and efficiency rates.
Introducing Axalta NextJet™— Axalta (@Axalta) August 22, 2023
We’re excited to partner with @Xaarplc, a leading manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies, to introduce a next generation, sustainable digital paint technology for the transportation industry: https://t.co/qfXHW22uxx pic.twitter.com/JavUCJ7pD6
The release states that using NextJet will contribute to a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and significant cost savings for two-tone vehicle manufacturers.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with Xaar and introduce Axalta NextJet to the market,” said Hadi Awada, Senior Vice President, Mobility for Axalta.
“Our latest innovation is powered by Xaar’s leading inkjet technology and paired with our proprietary paint designed for jetting. This unique market offering builds on Axalta’s investments in digital paint research and development.”
Axalta NextJet is believed to be the first partnership between an inkjet printhead manufacturer and a coatings manufacturer. The combined technology solution is reportedly being tested with customers and could be in production as early as 2024.
“Axalta was quick to recognize the unique advantages of Xaar’s technology for their innovation, making use of our printhead’s ability to handle fluids with viscosities way beyond what has traditionally been possible with inkjet. Together we don’t just deliver the required productivity, we significantly improve on it,” said Graham Tweedale, Chief Operating Officer of Xaar.