Axalta to Enhance Powder Coating Capabilities and Technology in France
Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA) is a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and this year it is celebrating 150 years in business. It produces powdered and liquid coatings and a range of other products, including paint, and also has colour-matching expertise.
Substantial Investment at the Montbrison Plant
A number of Axalta’s powder coatings are made at a factory in Montbrison, and the company has recently decided to make a substantial investment in the facility to improve its manufacturing functionality. The whole site is going to be upgraded significantly using smart technology and the latest production methods to make the bonded metallics products. In addition, the whole plant’s work process will be re-engineered to transform efficiency, increase productivity and keep quality standards improving. Executive search firms may well find themselves busy supplying extra staff to the upgraded facility.
The investments and the radical new thinking on production work flow are aimed at improving the offer to customers. With new “lean” processes and cutting-edge technology, Montbrison will be able to produce higher-quality powders.
Powder Coatings Market Growing
These represent a growing part of the market, and the investment in the plant will double its production capability. In addition, leading manufacturers increasingly set performance standards for products they use, and Axalta products are able to meet these requirements.
Alesta® is one of Azalta’s best-known powder coating products. It’s used in a wide range of industrial contexts, from anti-graffiti paint to metallic coatings, where high performance is crucial. All of the powders provide top-quality corrosion protection, and they’re used in many different colours by manufacturers producing everything from farm machinery to cladding for new buildings. They are easy to use because they are designed for a wide range of technologies and applications, and Axalta provides specialists who can give technical support to customers. Executive search recruitment is a key tool in finding the kind of managers who understand how to manage specialists such as these, because coatings recruitment can be demanding.
At Montbrison, work is starting in spring 2016 and is due to be completed in 2017. This investment is one of a number of important steps that Axalta will be implementing in the next few years.
The investment in the plant reflects the effort that Axalta has put in over the last two years to grow its coatings business globally. The company aims to meet customer demand without compromising on quality.