ChemSpec USA had several positive factors that contributed to the success of SEMA 2015. Primarily the announcement of the completed acquisition by Axalta Coating Systems and the high foot traffic of attendees viewing the two featured display vehicles, as well as, custom painted parts on display by various artists.
The headline announcement concerned the acquisition of the company by Axalta. Axalta is a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings with nearly 150 years of industry experience. Axalta serves customers in the collision repair, light vehicle, commercial and industrial segments and is a publicly traded company.
“The team at ChemSpec USA is very excited about the opportunities that the acquisition by Axalta will present to our customers, employees and external partnerships,” said Ron Snow, President ChemSpec USA. It will allow ChemSpec USA as well as its current and future customers huge growth opportunities by having the financial backing and automotive refinish experience Axalta will bring to our organization.”
“This transaction allows us to expand our foot print in the economy market and the ChemSpec USA organization is comprised of experts who are experienced and knowledgeable at servicing this market. Ultimately, we believe we can learn from Chemspec’ expertise and experience in this segment, Purifoy said. We will be able to diversify our capabilities and add new distribution in the economy segment to set us apart from the competition.”
The two featured vehicles highlighted the company’s Metalux Premium Automotive Basecoat.
The first is the 1949 Chevrolet Truck painted in a Pearl White tri-coat. The truck was built at Tre 5 Customs and is actually the personal vehicle for Jeremy Rice, who owns the company. The paint was meticulously applied by Frank Rechlin of Ikandy Paintworks, after his talented team of body men smoothed the entire vehicle. The buildup of this classic truck took approximately 6 months and was debuted at SEMA 2015.
The second was a 2001 Harley Davidson Electraglide Classic built by Jason and Duley Duhon of Precious Metal in Las Vegas, NV and painted by Lee Pickering of LP Designs. The bike started out as a 2001 HD Electraglide Classic (FLHTCU) 88ci and was taken down to the frame. The entire build was completed in less than 90 days. The Metalux 9228 Brilliant Silver base and the 1056 Stabilizing Clear with organic green toner was used to create the candy. 9302 Super Black with the 9700 Clearcoat was used for the black highlights and color. All designed, supplied and created by Lesa's Auto Body Supply in Las Vegas, NV. in Las Vegas.
About Axalta Coating Systems
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 nearly 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,800 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on Twitter.