Ax­alta sup­ports Vol­gren ex­per­tise

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ALL AROUND THE WORLD, au­to­mo­tive paint and coat­ings spe­cial­ist Ax­alta has been there to sup­port Aus­tralian bus-body man­u­fac­turer Vol­gren – and its par­ent com­pany Mar­copolo SA – in pro­vid­ing a qual­ity bus prod­uct to its dis­cern­ing cus­tomers.

Only re­cently on Oc­to­ber 18, 2018, was Ax­alta an­nounced as the sole sup­plier of coat­ings to Vol­gren in Aus­tralia for both newly man­u­fac­turer buses and for the re­pair of ex­ist­ing buses across all its fa­cil­i­ties in Aus­tralia, as well as through­out its global sup­ply chain.

Ax­alta has been work­ing closely with Vol­gren and the Mar­copolo Group, both lo­cally and in ex­port mar­kets prior to the an­nounce­ment, in­clud­ing in ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­ca­tions Brazil and In­dia, where it was al­ready the pri­mary paint sup­plier.

Yet the ex­am­ples of where and how Ax­alta has as­sisted Vol­gren in­ter­na­tion­ally are many. A few of th­ese in­clude:

JA­PAN

Vol­gren ex­ports its low-floor city buses to Tokyo for the Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment, Bu­reau of Trans­port. The buses were built in Dan­de­nong, Vic­to­ria, and shipped to Tokyo in Sep­tem­ber 2018.

Ax­alta co-or­di­nated the first two sam­ple buses to be painted in Tokyo in Tokyo Metro’s re­quired cor­po­rate colours.

In ad­di­tion, once the bus ship­ment ar­rived in Ja­pan Ax­alta worked with Vol­gren on fi­nal touches to the buses prior to han­dover, in­clud­ing ad­dress­ing any mi­nor tran­sit dam­age to the ve­hi­cles.

CHINA & MALAYSIA

Vol­gren’s global sup­ply chain in China and Malaysia ben­e­fited from hands-on train­ing con­ducted by lo­cal Ax­alta per­son­nel, en­sur­ing con­sis­tent prod­uct, pro­cesses and qual­ity con­trol, re­gard­less of com­po­nent build lo­ca­tion.

Ax­alta worked with Vol­gren to take best prac­tice paint­ing tech­niques from Aus­tralia and in­tro­duce them into their pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in other coun­tries.

It pro­vided on-site tech­ni­cal train­ing for painters. It was con­ducted by Ax­alta Aus­tralia train­ing per­son­nel and sup­ported (with trans­la­tion) by a lo­cal Ax­alta rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

It in­tro­duced stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for the prepa­ra­tion and paint­ing of ve­hi­cles and it im­ple­mented con­sis­tent qual­ity con­trol prac­tices and meth­ods across all sites.

CON­SIS­TENT QUAL­ITY CON­TROL

Michael Healy, group sup­ply man­ager, Vol­gren Aus­tralia ex­plained: “Ax­alta’s ca­pac­ity to work with Vol­gren through­out the Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chain has en­sured Vol­gren buses re­ceive con­sis­tent prod­uct, pro­cesses and qual­ity con­trol – re­gard­less of where the in­di­vid­ual com­po­nent may have been man­u­fac­tured.”

Michael Busch, key ac­count man­ager, Ax­alta Coat­ing Sys­tems, added: “Ax­alta is ex­tremely ex­cited to be se­lected as

Ax­alta worked with Vol­gren to take best prac­tice paint­ing tech­niques from Aus­tralia and in­tro­duce them into their pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in other coun­tries.

Vol­gren’s paint part­ner. Whilst we are fo­cused on en­sur­ing Vol­gren’s cus­tomers of to­day re­ceive the high­est qual­ity buses and coaches, we are equally fo­cused on work­ing with the Vol­gren team on the fu­ture – which of­fers new mar­kets, new cus­tomer needs, and lim­it­less op­por­tu­nity.

“We worked closely with Vol­gren at Dan­de­nong on fine-tun­ing a con­sis­tent qual­ity con­trol process, so that the next step of repli­cat­ing this in other coun­tries went seam­lessly.”

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

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