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60 Jahre Standox

We are proud of the expansion

In 2015 Axalta’s new production facilities in Wuppertal will be completed

Since their launch on the market, Standox waterborne paints have been manufactured in the town where the brand was invented: in Wuppertal, Germany. Now, the production capacities of the site are being expanded. In September 2014 construction of a new, ultra-modern waterborne paint plant began. Wuppertal is the centre of waterborne paint development for Axalta in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wuppertal plant manager Norbert Weckes explains the project in an interview.

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new waterborne paint plant.

Norbert Weckes (third from left) with representatives from the town of Wuppertal and from Axalta Coating Systems at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new waterborne paint plant.

Since their launch on the market, Standox waterborne paints have been manufactured in the town where the brand was invented: in Wuppertal, Germany. Now, the production capacities of the site are being expanded. In September 2014 construction of a new, ultra-modern waterborne paint plant began. Wuppertal is the centre of waterborne paint development for Axalta in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wuppertal plant manager Norbert Weckes explains the project in an interview.

Standox: What does this investment mean for the Wuppertal site?

Norbert Weckes: It strengthens the site enormously and shows that Axalta believes that the Standox brand will continue to evolve successfully in future.

Standox: How will production change in the new building?

Norbert Wecks: The new facility, which will be right next to the existing waterborne plant, will group production of all waterborne products into one place. That will result in a whole range of synergies. Amongst others, it means we can eliminate internal transport routes and steps in the cleaning procedure.

A computer generated preview of the new plant

A computer generated preview of the new plant

Standox: What is the most exciting thing about the new facility for you?

Norbert Weckes: What I find fascinating is that customers in the bodyshops won’t notice that anything has changed behind the scenes. And yet the new facility will completely alter some processes. For example, we will have new filling lines for smaller tins. The output from the modern facility will be much faster and we will be able to manage several things at once. Tins and labels, for instance, will automatically be loaded. For all of us in production that is a big change, and a tremendous relief. But, at the end of the day, refinishers in their bodyshops will still hold the same product in its usual packaging in their hands and will think nothing has changed.

Standox: Looking back on 60 years of production, what might have been the most significant milestones?

Norbert Weckes: Paint production has changed a great deal over the last 60 years, most especially in relation to environmental and health protection. Unlike in the past, most products today are manufactured in closed systems, for example. That provides greater safety, particularly for our colleagues in production.

Detail from the production facility in the waterborne paint plant.

Detail from the production facility in the waterborne paint plant.

Norbert Weckes: Axalta has always taken its environmental stewardship seriously, in research and development, and with its products and brands, including Standox. Take for example the introduction of waterborne paint systems. Environmental responsibility plays a big role. A lot has already been achieved by using water as a solvent – to the benefit of the environment, but also to the benefit of refinishers and our colleagues in production.

Standox: How do employees view developments in production?

Norbert Weckes: They are all proud that this investment was made at our site. The bond between employees and Wuppertal is very strong. I know several sites and only came to Wuppertal a few years ago. I have always experienced a very high level of motivation here.