Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, opened its new headquarters office for India located in Gurugram within the National Capital Region (NCR) yesterday.
The new location will also house an Axalta Global Business Resource Center which will provide a variety of services to the company’s operations in the region and around the world.
The 35,000 square feet facility will enable Axalta to integrate its corporate office and other key country business functions within a single office leading to improve efficiency and business process management. The opening follows Axalta’s plant expansion plan in India announced in 2015.
“We are very excited to see another significant investment support our future growth in India,” said Robert Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Axalta Coating Systems, who officially opened the facility. “The new face of Axalta in India has been designed with Axalta’s global standards in mind and enables our company to showcase its commitment to both long-term growth and customer support in the market.”
Axalta’s business in India serves customers in the transportation OEM, refinish and industrial sectors of the economy. According to the World Bank, India’s economy overall is projected to grow by 7.2 percent in the current fiscal year, up from 6.8 percent in 2016. The auto industry has started to show strong growth with a CAGR of approximately 7 percent over the next five years. In line with original equipment sales, the local car parc is also expected to grow and lead to increased demand for Axalta’s refinish products with leading brands such as Cromax®, Standox®, Duxone®, Lucite®, and Nason®. Sales of Axalta’s industrial coating products such as AquaEC™ and Voltatex® are poised to take advantage of infrastructure expansion.
“As a key emerging market, India continues to be a focal point in Axalta’s growth plans in the Asia-Pacific region. With our new headquarters, Axalta has taken the next step in establishing itself as a leading coatings supplier in India to better meet the future requirements of its customers,” said Sobers Sethi, Axalta Vice President and President, Emerging Markets.
Axalta established its India business in 1996, and today operates a manufacturing plant in Vadodara within the state of Gujarat along with offices and regional training centers in Gurugram, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Vadodara, and supports an extensive product distribution network across the country.
Source: Axalta Coating Systems
Neste has bought the European rights for Alterra Energy’s liquefaction technology, strengthening its chemical recycling capabilities. Alterra is a US-based company that has developed a thermochemical solution for liquefying difficult-to-recycle plastics.
Lonza appoints Maria Soler Nunez as Head, Group Operations. Maria joins Lonza from Novartis where she has led the quality organization since 2020. Maria will commence her tenure with Lonza Group on 1 August 2022, succeeding Stefan Stoffel, who is retiring from Lonza.
AkzoNobel has announced that Gregoire Poux-Guillaume will become the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as of November 1, 2022. He will succeed Thierry Vanlancker, who has been CEO and member of the Board of Management since 2017, and whose term of office is coming to an end.