Automotive and Specialty Coatings
It was a challenging year for most of our markets due to the global pandemic. It had a significant impact on the automotive and vehicle refinish (VR) sectors, with national lockdowns, limited vehicles on the road and OEM (original equipment manufacturing) being put on hold. The recovery started in the second half of the year – firstly in VR – and then accelerated towards year-end. Aerospace was heavily impacted due to an almost complete stop in air traffic.
Our facility in Pruszków, Poland (pictured above), was expanded to double its size and is now the company’s most advanced automotive training center in Europe. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, it will serve as a hub of learning and collaboration, hosting more than 1,000 people a year.
Customers will deepen their knowledge of coatings and application techniques through a variety of classes, while our experts will also work closely with them in the research and development of potential new products and services.
It was a difficult year, but with cost measures, new business opportunities and fast recovery, we achieved a more than acceptable year-end result.Patrick BourguignonDirector of Automotive and Specialty Coatings
Other key developments
- Secured a long-term agreement with American Airlines and won back business from Korean Airlines
- Launched a new range of low VOC compliant clearcoats in China to meet new VOC regulations. Also introduced a new VOC compliant topcoat for the commercial vehicles and commercial trucks markets
- Introduced a radar transparent bright film for use on vehicles, which will enhance road safety systems
- Chosen by BMW Group to be a trusted supplier of vehicle refinish products and services to a large part of its distribution network around the world
- Made major progress in the digital transformation of our VR color tools, with more than 2,000 new MIXIT licenses
- Received Advanced Auto Parts’ award for New Vendor of the Year – North America
- Mapaero integration progressed well, with product rebranding activities now complete
Boeing approval for color blending in China
Our aerospace coatings facility in Dongguan, China, has been qualified by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to color blend the company’s Aerodur 3001 basecoat.
The certification means the site has been certified by Boeing to blend our industry-leading basecoat/clearcoat system, Aerodur 3001/3002, locally in China with OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approval. The Dongguan facility is now also listed on Boeing’s official qualified products list (QPL) for BMS10-72 specification.
QPL approval status is an important milestone for the facility, which opened in 2017 to specifically serve the North and South Asian aviation market and deliver cutting-edge technologies faster and more reliably.
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