SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder

coatings, and the China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co Ltd. (CNHTC),

a leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer, have partnered to demonstrate

high performance trucks painted with Axalta's Imron Elite

environmentally responsible coating solutions at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Three CNHTC heavy-duty trucks coated with Imron Elite are on display at

CNHTC's booth at the show, held from April 20th to 28th.

Recently introduced in China to meet the needs of the country's

expanding production of heavy duty trucks, Axalta's Imron Elite high

solids solventborne coating is a simple but versatile system for

high-performance, high-quality and durable commercial finishing. Using

high solids 2K polyurethane technology, Imron Elite provides a premium

quality finish with superior durability and high chemical resistance,

with more than 18,000 color formulas for customers to choose from. Imron

Elite is engineered to be environmentally responsible and support a more

sustainable coating process. The higher ratio of solids to solvents in

the formulation results in reduced emissions of volatile organic

compounds (VOC), making Imron Elite compliant with VOC regulations in

China and a number of other markets.

"Axalta and CNHTC have a partnership of more than ten years, and we're

excited with this opportunity to apply the advanced coating technology

behind Imron Elite on its trucks to showcase its high finishing

quality," said Luke Lu, Vice President of Axalta and President of its

business in China. "Axalta's Imron coating systems are well established

and found on more than three million vehicles around the world. We are

very excited that our customers in China can now also enjoy the

high-performance, quality finish provided by Imron Elite."

Founded in 1956 as the Jinan Auto Works Plant, today the CNHTC group is

not only one of China's largest heavy truck manufacturers but also a big

exporter of trucks to global markets, including those in Asia and

Central America.

"CNHTC is continuously seeking new coating solutions to improve

performance that meet rigorous national and regional environmental

regulations as well as our own demands to continually improve our

productivity," said the Head of the Technical Center from CNHTC. "As one

of our long-term suppliers and partners, we look to Axalta to help us

achieve a coating finishing performance that meets our high standards

which our customers, in turn, expect of us. As a leading heavy-duty

truck manufacturer and exporter, it is our responsibility to help our

customers, and our company, to meet the national sustainable commercial

and environmental goals wherever we do business. We know Axalta shares

this goal with us."

Axalta has been doing business in China since 1984. This wealth of

institutional knowledge has helped Axalta maintain its leadership role

for developing cutting edge coating products. In addition to the

recently-opened Jiading waterborne coatings facility, Axalta operates an

adjacent plant in Jiading, a plant in Changchun, six powder coating

operations in collaboration with a joint venture partner, four refinish

training centers and a Global Color Lab and Asia Pacific Innovation

Center to support RD. The Company's Asia Pacific regional headquarters

is located in Shanghai. Axalta's multiple resources in China work

together to support the sustained, long-term growth of China's

automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial sectors.

CNHTC's booth is No. 3A14 in Exhibition Hall 3H at the Shanghai Auto


About Axalta

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and

providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable

solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish

applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings

are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the

materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience

in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find

ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better

every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology.