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Axalta is built on legacy of more than 145 years in the coatings industry. From the inception of our business in 1866 to the manufacture of next generation environmentally compatible products demanded in the 21st century, we have continually evolved. What has not changed is a tradition of innovation and leadership that puts our customer first. Some of the many highlights of our company history: 


  • Herberts, the original producer of Standox®, paint products is founded


  • Spies Hecker® company founded


  • Permanent® colors-first breakthrough enamel technology
  • Begin nitrocellulose lacquer manufacture


  • Duco® paints manufactured by DuPont in the U.S. and Permaloid® paints manufactured by Spies Hecker® in Germany are introduced as sprayable paints
  • First color paint for automobiles adds consumer appeal


  • Dulux® alkyd enamel coating provides more durable finishes
  • First mixing-machine tinting system developed to improve quality


  • Sand-mills revolutionize pigment dispersion efficiencies
  • Automobile OEM and Refinish coating systems diverge with use of OEM high temperature drying ovens
  • ColorMaster™ colorimeter commercialized improving refinish color match


  • Standox® paints launch premium line
  • Lucite® acylic resin, first thermoplastic acrylic, introduced
  • First to develop L,a,b color equations that became part of the foundation of modern color science
  • Established first Latin America first plant in Tlalneplanta, Mexico


  • Centari® acrylic enamel launched
  • Nap-Gard® fusion bonded epoxy powder coatings launched for pipelines


  • Imron® polyurethane enamel introduced
  • Alesta® decorative powder coatings launched


  • Introduced first spectrophotometer instrument
  • First waterborne OEM coatings in North America
  • Replacement of 2-component to 1-component Voltatex® Impregnating Resins
    provides optimized cycle times and easier handling


  • Cromax® waterborne Refinish basecoat introduced
  • DuPont acquires Herberts coating businesses
  • First spectrophotometer instrument introduced in the market
  • Introduced organic-inorganic hybrid Voltatex® Core Sheet Varnish for electrical steel coating


  • Super-high solid formulations for OEMs
  • VINdicator color tool improves Refinish color matching
  • Consolidated systems with EcoConcept paint improves productivity and performance for light vehicle OEMs
  • Established first Asia-Pacific plants in China and India
  • Imron® Elite finishes introduced


  • 3rd generation waterborne Cromax® Pro Basecoat
  • Waterborne 3 Wet for light vehicle OEMs
  • ChromaPremier® Pro system for high-volume customers
  • Acquire Plus EFX spectrophotometer that acquires color and flake data creates new level of accuracy in color matching
  • Axalta Coating Systems becomes the new name and identity of the company
  • Establish new corporate headquarters in Philadelphia
  • Launch Cromax as the name of one of Axalta’s three global flagship refinish brand families
  • Announce expansion of waterborne production capacity in China, Brazil and Germany
  • Introduce SpectraMaster™ 3-D virtual color design tool for light vehicle OEM and refinish customers
  • Launch Nap-Gard® High Tg 7-2555 for underground and sub-sea pipelines
  • Celebrate 60 years of color trend reporting
  • Expand powder coating production capacity at two locations in China
  • November 12, 2014 Axalta becomes publicly traded NYSE: AXTA