Axalta Inaugurates Expanded Resin Production Facility in Mexico
April 22, 2016
Axalta Coating Systems, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, inaugurated production at its expanded resin manufacturing facility in Tlalnepantla, outside Mexico City. The expansion will enable Axalta to support its customers with the latest coating technologies that are used in a wide variety of the company’s liquid coatings, the company says. The additional polymer resins that being produced in Mexico provide the backbone of Axalta’s traditional solventborne and latest generation waterborne coatings.
“The opening of this facility, which takes place as Axalta celebrates its 150th anniversary, reflects the extensive operations and technology expertise based in Mexico that we were able to draw on to design and construct a production complex which joins what is already a world-class production facility and one of our largest operations centers in the world,” said Charlie Shaver, Axalta chairman and CEO. “Our investment in this facility will enable us to support our customers with the latest coating technology and reflects our long-term confidence in both the future of Mexico and our expectations for continued growth across the region.”
Mexico is home to many light and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers. According to Axalta, the increased productivity results in a better bottom line for customers while still producing an unparalleled finish on vehicles. Axalta coatings are also used by a large number of body shops that repair vehicles using the company’s global refinish brands available in Mexico.
“The science and innovation deployed in the construction and operation of our new production center reflects the strong technical capabilities of the resources of Axalta in Mexico while also leveraging our global technical competencies to create such a high-tech facility,” stated Jorge Cossío, president of Axalta’s Latin America region.
According to the company, the new facility integrates the highest standards in engineering and safety, relying on the latest technology to automate virtually every step of the production process and improve operational efficiencies, reduce waste and further reduce the environmental footprint from our operations. The Tlalnepantla facility operates under an “Industria Limpia” (“Clean Industry”) designation in recognition of its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of coatings production.