Axalta Opens New State-of-the-Art Refinish Customer Training Center in Midrand

From left to right: Lucian Jantjies, National Sales Leader for Axalta in South AfricaJohannes Fischermann, Business Manager for Axalta in RSA & Sub-Sahara Africa Irene Parker, Customer Service, Sales Support, Supply Chain Leader for Axalta in South Africa Georg Tautz, Business Director for Axalta in Central Europe, Greater Turkey and Sub-Sahara Africa Hannes Kloppers, Country Business Leader for Axalta in South Africa

Company Further Commits to South African Refinish Market Following Opening of New Refinish Facility at Same Location

Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on 12 July 2019, announced the official opening of a new, state-of-the-art RefinishTraining Centerin Midrand, Johannesburg. The Company recently announced the opening of a new refinish facility at the same locationat the end of 2018.

The 1000m2Training Center is home to Axalta’s global refinish brands Spies Hecker, Standox, Duxone, Challenger andNason Finishes. In addition tospace for theoretical training, the new Training Centercomprises two spraybooths, two preparation areas and two mixing rooms, all equipped with the latest technology and energy saving features.

“Axalta is dedicated toanticipating 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 newTraining Center gives them the opportunity to work with the very latest products and equipment in a modern and dynamicenvironment. Everything has been designed to ensure refinishers have an excellent experience and return to their bodyshopswith the skills they need to work faster, more efficiently, and more successfully.”

Two large spraybooths are fitted withthree-panel folding doors to provide an extra-wide opening.There are also viewing galleries down the lengths of the spray booths, whichoffer a clear view inside. The spraybooth floors are fully extracted and balanced, which helps refinishers achieve the highest quality paint finish during training. For improved energy efficiency, the spray booths alsohave 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 percent. The spraybooths are fitted with a fully automatic variable airflow system, which requires no operator selection. This automatically reduces the airflow through the spraybooth resultingin reduced fuel and electricity usage. The bright, clean light produced by the LED bulbs in the spraybooths replicates natural daylight while also being the most energy-efficient lighting method available.

The two preparation stations provide a large workspace where refinishers get the vehicles ready before they enter the spray booths. The paint mixing room also incorporates viewing windows to provide clear visibility.

The official opening was officiated by Georg Tautz - Business Director Central Europe, Greater Turkey, Sub-Sahara Africa, Axalta distributors from Sub-Saharan Africa and other key industry playersalso attended.

For more information about Axalta and its new refinish Training Centerin Midrand, visit www.axalta.co.za

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