BMW April 2022

Axalta Refinish was one of the Platinum Partners at the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) Global Summit 2022 in Monaco, that took place in June.

Axalta Refinish showcased a number of its most recent ground-breaking firsts to a global audience of leaders and innovators in the automotive collision repair industry. The company’s Fast Cure Low Energy technology features prominently thanks to its energy-saving benefits, as well as electric vehicle (EV) repair innovations and its business services brand – Drivus. Axalta Refinish highlighted the refinish industry’s first fully automated colour-mixing process via Daisy Wheel 3.0.

Jim Muse, Vice President, Axalta Refinish, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), says, “Axalta Drives Innovation is our theme for IBIS in Monaco, but it is something that we live every day for our customers to make the entire paint repair journey faster, easier and more profitable. We drive the performance of all the refinish brands in our portfolio. We drive the technologies of our fast, efficient, high-quality coatings and we drive forward with our integrated digital business solutions.”

Driving innovation

Axalta supports body shops who are struggling with skyrocketing energy prices with its Fast Cure Low Energy technology. It is based on revolutionary in-house chemistry that cuts process times and is proven to lower the energy costs of running a direct gas-fired combi spraybooth by approximately 75% based on a typical 30 minute, 60oC bake cycle. It is the only refinish system that can be dried at lower baking temperatures, or at air dry temperatures of 20oC, and still have the productivity of traditional systems. These energy-saving capabilities are very attractive to body shops across the region.

The future is here

EV repair is another industry challenge Axalta Refinish is meeting head on. As the world moves away from vehicles with internal combustion engines in favour of EVs, Axalta Refinish wants its body shops to be prepared; it has developed a dedicated EV repair package to help body shops with the tools and products they require to meet the unique requirements of this growing automotive sector.

Tools and services for long-term body shop success

Drivus is a newly launched business services brand from Axalta for the EMEA automotive refinish market. Designed to focus on the particular challenges faced by body shops, Drivus targets productivity, performance and profits to ensure body shops build better businesses. The ever-growing portfolio of services includes personalised consultancy and cutting-edge digital services.

Fully automated colour mixing

With the launch of pre-filled bottles of basecoat from its industry leading premium refinish brands designed specifically for Fillon Technologies’ new Daisy Wheel 3.0, Axalta Refinish has delivered fully automated colour-mixing for the first time. Combined with its cloud-based Digital Colour Management, body shops across EMEA have access to the fastest and most productive paint process available. Working in conjunction with Axalta Refinish Digital Colour Management, process time is reduced by more than 50%.

Muse says, “It is good to have face-to-face events back on the calendar and I am delighted to see so many fellow industry leaders in person after a challenging few years. IBIS is the world-leading collision repair conference provider and the perfect platform for having important conversations on a truly international stage that help to shape our industry.”

For more information on Axalta Refinish, please visit www.refinish.axalta.eu.