Axalta Coating Systems has opened its Americas Technology Centre (ATC) at its Mount Clemens, Michigan manufacturing and research complex.

The ATC will provide product research and development resources to customers across the Western hemisphere as one of the company’s four principal global technology centres.

The ATC project was an 18-month endeavour to transform and expand existing laboratory space and spray facilities.

Axalta scientists, chemists, and engineers will develop the next generation of coatings products for light vehicle, commercial vehicle, refinish and industrial customers throughout the Americas.

Previous R&D conducted at the facility principally served the light vehicle segment in North America.

“As part of Axalta’s global network of technology centres, the ATC will combine our global expertise and research resources with local talent and market knowledge across the Americas,” said Axalta SVP and CTO, Barry Snyder.

“This new space adds new capabilities to aid the Axalta team in advancing our coatings technology to increase the durability of coatings [and] enhance customer productivity.

“Michigan is home to nearly 400 automotive research and development centres and we are proud to count our Americas Technology Centre among them.”