Axalta Coating Systems is opening a Learning and Development Center at its powder coating headquarters in Houston, Texas.
The 18,000-square-foot facility will have a classroom for instructional training and powder coating equipment for hands-on training. A grand opening is slated for early October.
Axalta will be hosting various training classes throughout the year, but will also hold customized training classes for customers by request.
“Our classes range from novices all the way up to the most senior applicators who want to get the most from their equipment and supplies,” says Gilles Georges, Axalta business director for powder coatings in North America.
The classrooms will have multiple video screens and pod-style seating to maximize student interaction during instruction, as well as Nordson and Gema equipment in the training areas for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom. The facility also has a gas oven and a 90-foot conveyor loop.
Georges says the facility was built because of customer demand to have a place to send their employees—both new and seasoned staffers—to get training and updated information on new coating technology.
“The industry has been asking for this type of training, and we decided to build our own to help them achieve the efficiencies they wanted,” he says.
Upcoming class topics include powder selection, booth and recovery systems, pre-treatment, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, safety, a financial understanding of powder selection, the basics of powder and an advanced powder course. Georges says the courses are offered in Spanish as well.
“We work very closely with our customers support them,” he says. “This is another step in providing to our customers what they need to stay competitive.”
For information, visit axalta.us/powder/trainingcenter