Axalta signed a partnership agreement with the National University of Singapore’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE), supporting its student racing team and reinforcing its commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
As an FSAE partner, Axalta will offer its waterborne refinish coatings, training and counselling, and car body spraying service to the NUS Eco Team, which consists of 16 selected undergraduate students. The students will participate in various SAE competitions for undergraduate students around the globe. The collaboration with NUS is part of Axalta’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) with a focus area of STEM education and community well-being.
“We are delighted to reach a cooperation with NUS. By sharing and relaying the value of innovation, technologies, and sustainability to the next generation, Axalta becomes part of students’ educational journey. This partnership enables both the University and Axalta to invest in the future of automotive engineers and provides a formal platform for regular engagements with students to foster their career development,” said Sobers Sethi, President of Emerging Markets, Axalta Coating Systems.
Professor Seah Kar Heng, NUS Formula SAE Advisor, said: “We are grateful to have Axalta share real-world industry insights on coating technologies and coloring craftsmanship with our students. By participating in Formula SAE, our students learn the importance of teamwork and have the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. By coaching students’ talent and passion in building their racing cars, Axalta helps steer students towards developing an interest on automotive and chemical engineering.”
Axalta’s professional spraying team will coat the racing cars with its environmentally responsible coating products. The students will learn from Axalta’s educational sessions, including knowledge on advanced coating technologies and the advantages of using sustainable coating on a race car.
Axalta will also share industrial insights through campus talks to ignite students’ interest in the coatings industry. By contributing industrial coating knowledge to the future workforce, they will be armed with awareness to advocate eco-responsible practices, such as the importance of saving energy, protecting the environment, and in long-term sustainable development.
Axalta supports Formula SAE racing throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, making this a global CSR initiative that nurtures STEM education. Through university collaborations, Axalta encourages young people to consider careers in industrial fields and provides them with practical opportunities to expand their exposure to the ways in which STEM disciplines touch their lives daily.