Axalta Coating Systems has partnered with two leading companies in China to introduce its environmentally responsible waterborne primer and basecoat into the local market.

A leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, Axalta has signed an agreement with Shanghai Kinlita Chemical, a renowned player in China’s industrial coatings industry, and Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive, a joint venture between Beiqi Foton and Daimler, for the use of Axalta’s waterborne coatings on heavy duty trucks.

Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive will use Axalta’s advanced waterborne technology to coat its latest line of heavy duty trucks with strong technical support provided by Kinlita, which has a long and rich history of collaboration with Foton Daimler.

Foton Daimler, which has an annual output of more than 100,000 heavy-duty trucks, will be able to reduce overall environmental footprint using Axalta’s waterborne coatings.

As the global leader in the heavy duty truck coatings market, Axalta was able to supply paint for Foton Daimler’s new line of heavy duty trucks and adapt its waterborne products and colours to meet specific application needs using a tailor-made colour development service.

Michael Cash, Senior Vice President of Axalta Coating Systems and President of Axalta’s Industrial Coatings business said that Axalta will continue to demonstrate its strengths by supporting the sustainable growth of renowned brands such as Foton Daimler with the high-performance, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints they need.

Hao Yao, Vice President of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive emphasised the importance for the industry to adopt the latest environmentally responsible coatings technology as OEMs, the government, and end users are seeking to reduce air pollution and increase energy conservation.

He adds that the powerful combination of Axalta’s waterborne products and Kinlita’s technical expertise will support their efforts to save energy in the manufacturing process, positively contribute to the environment, and help improve the quality of appearance of their heavy duty trucks.