Axalta Coating Systems has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) to provide coating products for over 2,500 Australian military logistic vehicles.
The logistic vehicles are being produced as part of the Australian government’s LAND 121 Phase 3B Defence Project. To win the bid, Axalta demonstrated its ability to develop customized product solutions for this highly specialized market. In addition to providing special end-use coatings, Axalta’s technology includes application techniques designed to improve cycle times and coating productivity.
Under the contract, Axalta will provide the entire supply chain from production and supply of coatings as well as warehousing and distribution within Australia and also will provide technical support to optimize application.
“The agreement with Axalta Coating Systems Australia showcases RMMVA’s ongoing commitment in engaging commercial companies to support the defense industry sector,” said RMMVA Managing Director Peter Hardisty.
“This partnership creates cost efficiencies for the entire program.” Hardisty added.
Axalta will produce in Australia and export the full suite of components for the paint, which includes hardeners, thinners, primers and the different colors required for the camouflage pattern.
All coating products comply with the Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) and will be produced in Australia, generating flow-on benefits into the Australian economy through localized trade and employment.
LAND 121 Phase 3 was established to replace the current fleet of Australian Defence Force (ADF) field vehicles, modules and trailers.