Axalta uses a significant amount of raw materials in the production of our coatings. Many of the raw materials we use are derived from the refining processes of crude oil and natural gas, in addition to other extracted mineral resources and renewable agricultural products used in many resins and pigments. We convert these raw materials and transform them into brilliant, attractive, and protective coatings for a wide range of products and applications across the globe.
At Axalta, lean manufacturing principles, developed over decades of experience, have driven our ability to manage costs and improve product quality. We continue to implement these principles into our manufacturing operations, focusing on increasing our productivity and improving the use of resources.
We are investing in innovative technologies similar to those used in our water-based coatings and products derived from natural materials. Our raw materials consumption has remained relatively constant over the past several years. Total materials purchased in 2015 were equivalent to slightly under 364,000 metric tons.
2015 raw material use (metric tons)