In keeping with its strong commitment to offer quality, innovative products and services to the refinish market, Axalta Coating Systems officially opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art Training Academy on May 15 . Located in Welwyn Garden City, it is home to the company’s three global refinish brands – Cromax®, Spies Hecker® and Standox®. Each brand has its own dedicated training room, mixing area and spray booth, which are equipped with high-end materials and energy saving features such as LED lighting.
Adrien Schrobiltgen, Axalta Vice-President Refinish Systems EMEA, cut the ribbon outside the Training Academy and explained the importance of the day. He said, “For us, coatings are just the beginning. With over 146 years of experience and know-how behind us, we are committed to putting our customers first. We collaborate closely with them, because when they are successful, we are successful. This new Training Academy underscores Axalta’s commitment to our customers and to the UK market.”
During the course of the day, guests were able to view demonstrations of three new products in the spraybooths – a direct to metal primer, a next generation basecoat and a low energy, super-fast clearcoat. In addition, new e-learning software for refinishers and apprentices was unveiled as well as the latest colour tools, and PerformanceGateway™ a cloud based network performance management system.
Mike Davis, Managing Director, Axalta Coating Systems UK, said, “Our new Training Academy is an investment in the future. It will offer refinishers from all over the UK the chance to train with the very latest products and equipment in a fresh and modern working environment. Everything has been designed and built to ensure that course participants get the very best training experience and return to their bodyshops with increased confidence and competence.”
Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox training courses are currently taking place at the new Training Academy.