Ax­alta to ex­clu­sively sup­ply Vol­gren paint

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ATAILORED SUP­PORT PRO­GRAMME along with qual­ity paint prod­ucts that pro­vide ex­cep­tional UV sta­bil­ity and cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance have earned Ax­alta Coat­ing Sys­tems its new con­tract as the sole paint sup­plier for Vol­gren buses.

An agree­ment was of­fi­cially signed at Vol­gren’s Dan­de­nong, Vic­to­ria, head­quar­ters on Septem­ber 13, 2018, with Vol­gren Sup­ply Chain man­ager Michael Healy and Ax­alta ANZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steven Brett both present.

Ax­alta is now the sole sup­plier of coat­ings to Vol­gren in Aus­tralia for both newly man­u­fac­tured buses and for the re­pair of ex­ist­ing buses across all its fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia, and through­out its global sup­ply chain. Vol­gren has se­lected to use the Im­ron Fleet Line range of prod­ucts from Ax­alta Coat­ing Sys­tems.

Brett said: “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.”

Michael Busch, Ax­alta na­tional

OEM man­ager, added: “Painters’ train­ing is one area where we stand out from the com­pe­ti­tion. If painters are not cor­rectly trained and pro­cesses are not for­mally doc­u­mented then the op­por­tu­nity is missed.

“All Vol­gren painters have an in­di­vid­ual skills pro­file main­tained by our Na­tional Train­ing team. They are con­tin­u­ally men­tored by lo­cal state-based tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists and then – when deemed ready – are for­mally as­sessed,” he ex­plained.

WHAT IS IM­RON?

The Im­ron Fleet Line paint sys­tem is de­signed for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles that spend most of the day on the road, in all types of weather. It de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional weather and cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance while pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful fin­ish, the com­pany states.

Ax­alta says it has sup­ported Vol­gren not only with ex­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion ex­per­tise and tech­ni­cal sup­port, but also with es­tab­lish­ing in­dus­try-lead­ing qual­ity con­trol pro­cesses and re­port­ing.

Vol­gren Sup­ply Chain man­ager Healy said: “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, calling on their sup­port both within Aus­tralia and over­seas.

“I was ex­tremely pleased with the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, com­mit­ment and qual­ity that Ax­alta de­liv­ered. I’m 100 per cent con­fi­dent the change we have made will en­sure Vol­gren buses con­tinue to lead the mar­ket for many years to come,” he ex­plained.

NET­WORK SPREAD

Ax­alta works with its lo­cal dis­tri­bu­tion part­ners in each state to of­fer Vol­gren a flex­i­ble and timely lo­gis­tic so­lu­tions, which con­trib­utes to mak­ing paint prepa­ra­tion

and ap­pli­ca­tion as easy as pos­si­ble, says the com­pany.

Its sup­port also ex­tends to com­pre­hen­sive re­pair process doc­u­men­ta­tion for Vol­gren’s fleet cus­tomers. That is, Ax­alta’s Paint Spec­i­fi­ca­tion Man­ual in­cludes in­for­ma­tion such as fleet colours, re­pair prod­ucts and pro­cesses, and tech­ni­cal data sheets to meet the needs of the fleet owner should the bus be in­volved in an ac­ci­dent in the fu­ture.

The com­pany’s world­wide net­work cou­pled with 150 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the coat­ings in­dus­try give Ax­alta the ca­pa­bil­ity glob­ally to de­velop and sup­ply tai­lor-made of­fer­ings that meet lo­cal cus­tomer needs, it says.

ABOUT AX­ALTA

Ax­alta has more than 150 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the coat­ings in­dus­try and em­ploys in ex­cess of 12,800 peo­ple world­wide who de­velop, man­u­fac­ture, dis­trib­ute and sup­port its prod­ucts and ser­vices, it states.

Pic­tured: Ax­alta ANZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steven Brett and Vol­gren sup­ply chain man­ager Michael Healy.

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