Axalta (NYSE: AXTA) a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, broke ground on 19 June on its new, 7,250 square-metre state-of-the-art facility to support its refinish business in the Netherlands. The new facility will be equipped with the latest technology and energy saving features. Construction at the site in Tiel is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
Tiel Councillor, Ben Brink, and Yves Kerstens, President of Axalta in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), broke ground at a ceremony to mark the event, which was attended by members of the Axalta Leadership Team in Europe and the Management Team in the Netherlands. Key stakeholders, including Axalta Refinish employees, were able to feel part of the occasion as the event was recorded.
The Axalta global refinish brands in the Netherlands – Cromax®, Spies Hecker, Standox and SyroxTM – as well as Metalak BV – will all relocate to the new facility in Business Park Medel. Once completed, the facility will be comprised of office space over three floors, a warehouse and a new Axalta Training Centre, in which refinishers will be trained using cutting-edge technology and advanced techniques to enable them to deliver the highest-quality paint repairs. The facility will also have a separate mixing room, which is part of Axalta’s direct point of distribution that services both high-volume customers, as well as local colour development.
The new Training Centre underscores the Axalta commitment to its customers with training that helps them be more efficient and more productive. Training delivered from 47 Axalta facilities worldwide ultimately improve business performance for customers. The location in Tiel follows the opening in 2019 of two Training Centres, one in Midrand, South Africa, and one in Sydney, Australia.
“The investment in this facility is vital to the future growth and long-term success of our Refinish business in the Netherlands and ultimately in the wider Axalta organisation,” said Yves Kerstens, President of Axalta in EMEA. “Our Tiel facility demonstrates our commitment to making Axalta a future-proof partner for our customers and will place us in an excellent position to meet their growing refinish needs,” he concludes.
Business Park Medel is a modern business park that places green management, sustainability, security and infrastructure centre stage. Being in the centre of the Netherlands, it offers easy accessibility to major transport routes, ensuring Axalta can remain close to its customers across the country.