Axalta  (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is proud to announce a significant new partnership in Australia with Volgren, a leading bus manufacturer owned by the Brazilian company Marcopolo S.A. Axalta recently signed an agreement to be the sole supplier of coatings to Volgren for both newly manufactured buses and for the repair of existing buses across all its facilities in Australia.

The partnership consists of an all-inclusive training and support package, as well as an extensive trial period to assess product performance.

“Having been with one paint company for the past 20 years, we did not make the decision to change easily. For the first three months we put Axalta’s products and back-up service through intense testing and we were very pleased with the professionalism, commitment and quality that Axalta delivered,” said Michael Healy, Volgren Supply Chain Manager.  “I’m 100 per cent confident that the change we made will ensure Volgren buses continue to lead the market for many years to come.”

As well as developing customised product solutions using the Imron Fleet Line range, Axalta were also able to demonstrate paint application techniques that could assist in improving cycle times in the coating application. This was supported by comprehensive on-site training and repair process documentation.

“As a market leader in Australia, Volgren needed a coatings partner to work with them through all levels of the business. With the introduction of new products, new processes and improved quality control across all Volgren locations, we demonstrated that Axalta could meet Volgren’s requirements” said Steven Brett, Axalta’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.

By working closely with customers, Axalta has established itself as a leading commercial coatings supplier globally. It is the preferred supplier to many original equipment manufacturers both in Australia and overseas. Axalta is currently the major paint supplier globally to the Marcopolo S.A. Group, the parent company of Volgren.

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