“Coatings are about appearance and performance,” said Axalta Chairman and CEO Charles Shaver. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible coatings, ones that will cure faster, adhere better, offer the latest colors and be more durable than any others on the market.”
The new pilot reactor is a key component in the advancement of a variety of polymer technologies to support innovative coating development. Formulations that work in a laboratory environment may not necessarily transfer consistently to full scale production. The pilot reactor, also known as a semi-works facility, is a small scale manufacturing system that allows new polymer formulations to be produced in a way that fully mimics full scale production. Improved first pass production capability means increased product speed to market for our customers.
“Our reactor in Wilmington will enable us to manufacture and test new polymer concepts quickly with lower cycle times and bring them to market faster than before,” said Panos Kordomenos, senior vice president for research and development at Axalta.
The CTC is Axalta’s global center for research and development, including the work performed by its specialized polymer technology team. The new facility will complement existing Axalta polymer research capabilities in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, providing state-of-the-art polymer production scale-up resources that will enable the development of future polymer technologies for customers around the world.