Coatings manufacturer Axalta has opened its largest and most advanced Refinish Training Centre, spread over 20,000 square feet in India. The state-of-the-art training facility was inaugurated by Sobers Sethi, President, Emerging Markets, Axalta. Axalta now has four dedicated training facilities in India.
“The opening of this new training facility today demonstrates the confidence we have in the opportunities for growth in India,” said Sethi. “The coatings industry, especially waterborne coatings, in India has been growing at a rapid pace. The new training facility will provide our customers with the most advanced painting techniques to help them be more efficient, productive and profitable. And, we are helping our customers drive these improvements while being mindful of the environment with sustainable techniques and products. Our customers’ success is our success and we are proud to be the Refinish leader in India and around the world.”
Axalta expects to train around 1,000 technicians at the new training centre this year. Customers will use the company’s latest coating technologies, as well as industry-leading training techniques and advanced digital tools. Axalta will also demonstrate the latest spraying application systems that use less energy and reduce waste, have fast-drying finishes and use superior colour matching technologies. Through this centre, customers in India can stay on the cutting-edge of coating technologies and techniques that are designed to deliver benefits to their businesses immediately and for the long-term.
Vinay Rajadhyaksha, Managing Director, Axalta India said, “Axalta is committed to consistently investing in enhancing our capabilities, facilities and training to help customers grow their businesses. We are excited about our new training capabilities in the region. This new facility creates a significant opportunity for us to be closer to our customers and support their success in a way that is truly unique in our industry. The training opportunities offered at the centre combined with our leading products and technologies, such as our waterborne coatings including Cromax Pro and Standoblue, position Axalta well to grow in India and serve our customers at the highest levels.”
The training centre is also equipped with an advanced Virtual Reality (VR) Training Room, digital colour matching tool and an online training facility for customers that cannot be physically present at the centre. The VR training duplicates the paint spraying activity and experience, and enables customers to gain the benefits of the training without actually using the paint material.
For more than 20 years, Axalta has been serving customers in India spanning from different business units across the automotive value chain with its transportation coatings, refinish coatings, auto plastic coatings and general industrial coatings. The customers include key international and local OEMs, as well as major car dealers in the region. General industries are also important sectors that will benefit from Axalta’s expansion in India. In addition to this new training facility, Axalta has three other training centres in India, one manufacturing plant, a state-of-the-art colour lab and two offices throughout India.