Tae-hwa Hong, managing director of Axalta Coating Systems Korea, said, “Training skilled workers is critical to the long-term growth of Korea’s automotive sector. We are pleased to be associated with Korea Polytechnics Hwasung Campus to provide joint training and educational programs to students through our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. We believe this will help students to prepare for their future careers and drive greater interest in the Korean automotive industry by the next generation.”
The partnership of Axalta and Korea Polytechnics Hwasung Campus will focus on skills development and paint training for the Refinish industry through in-classroom courses, hands-on training and on-job internships.
As part of the agreement, Axalta will provide its premium refinish brand Spies-Hecker, Permahyd Hi-TEC, and Cromax EZ with mixing machines to aid the students’ education in coatings and coatings applications. Customized training and hands on paint skills development will also be part of the collaborative program.
“We are excited and grateful to partner with Axalta,” said In Hak Jung, President of Korea Polytechnics Hwasung Campus. “It is encouraging to see companies like Axalta being so committed to building up our young workforce in Korea, as we look to continue to grow and build a strong automotive industry.”
Prior to signing the MOU with Korea Polytechnics Hwasung, Axalta has partnered with Masan University, Inha Technical College and Jeonnam State University to provide trainings on application of its world-leading waterborne refinish coating system as well as professional educational support for their students.
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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 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, around 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to better serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology.