Axaltaa global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, marked the official opening of its Global Innovation Center, the largest coatings research and development center in the world, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 175,000 square-foot Global Innovation Center offers lab, as well as office space at space in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
“Axalta’s Global Innovation Center will become the central hub for our global research, product development, and technology initiatives where we develop and deliver the most innovative coatings products in the world,” saidRobert Bryant, interim CEO of Axalta. “Whether in color technology, polymer and formulation chemistry, or application knowledge, the world-class capabilities and talent at Axalta’s Global Innovation Center will fuel new products and deliver the solutions that our customers want to grow their businesses into the future.”
— Axalta (@Axalta) November 7, 2018
Bryant and Axalta Chief Technology OfficerBarry Snyderwere joined at the ceremony byPhiladelphiaMayorJim Kenney and others.
Axalta, the former coatings business of DuPont, departed Delaware for sites in Philadelphia, Exton and Glen Mills. R&D activities had been located in the DuPont Experimental Station near Wilmington.
“TheCity of Philadelphiais known for the innovative spirit that founded our nation. This spirit still permeates today with countless companies choosing our city to put down roots for growth,” said Kenney. “Five years ago, Axalta showed its commitment toPhiladelphiaby relocating its global headquarters toCenter City. Today, they open the doors to the Global Innovation Center, bringing new, highly-skilled jobs toPhiladelphia. I thank Axalta for their contributions to our region and wish the company many prosperous years at the Navy Yard.”
The building, which is owned and developed by Liberty Property/Synterra, was designed byErdy McHenryandmerges design elements present throughout the Navy Yard.
The morning ribbon cutting began with a ceremonial rendition of the national anthem by the choir of Serviam Girls Academy, based inNew Castle. Axalta has partnered with Serviam as part of its commitment to STEM education, which includes the Axalta All-Pro Teachers Program with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Science Festival with theFranklin Institute, and several other programs that honor STEM educators and students throughoutGreater Philadelphia,North America, and other regions globally.
For more information about Axalta’s Global Innovation Center, visitAxalta.com.