Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has announced a strategic partnership with Xaar, a manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies. This partnership aims to bring a next-generation, sustainable digital paint technology called Axalta NextJet to the transportation industry.
Axalta NextJet is an advanced paint application that allows for precise paint placement, also known as digital paint or overspray-free application. By leveraging the patented technology of both Axalta and Xaar, NextJet enables design flexibility for two-tone vehicles, allowing customers to create intricate patterns, details, and images in a sustainable and efficient way.
One of the key advantages of Axalta NextJet is its ability to eliminate the need for masking, thus reducing labor, energy, and waste while increasing productivity and efficiency rates. This innovative digital paint coating technology not only contributes to a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions but also offers significant cost savings for manufacturers of two-tone vehicles.
According to Hadi Awada, Senior Vice President of Mobility for Axalta, this partnership with Xaar and the introduction of Axalta NextJet to the market exemplify Axalta’s commitment to digital paint research and development. By harnessing Xaar’s leading inkjet technology and combining it with Axalta’s proprietary paint designed for jetting, the partnership aims to deliver a unique market offering.
Graham Tweedale, Chief Operating Officer of Xaar, highlights that Axalta was quick to recognize the advantages of Xaar’s technology for their innovation. The partnership not only delivers the required productivity but significantly improves on it.
This collaboration between Axalta and Xaar marks the first partnership between an inkjet printhead manufacturer and a coatings manufacturer. The combined technology solution is currently undergoing customer testing and could potentially be in production as early as 2024.
Overall, Axalta and Xaar’s partnership brings forth an exciting development in the transportation industry. Axalta NextJet has the potential to revolutionize the way digital paint is applied, offering sustainable and efficient solutions to the market.