DCR Systems Converting to Akzo Nobel’s Waterborne Paint Technology CLEVELAND, OHIO (March 3, 2008) — Mentor, Ohio-based DCR Systems (www.DCRsystems.net) has announced that the company is converting to Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes’ waterborne paint technology system, Sikkens Autowave®. “We’re jumping out in front, well before waterbornes are mandated here in the Midwest,” says DCR Systems President and CEO Michael Giarrizzo, Jr. “Akzo’s got a great waterborne product. It’s user-friendly, it’s very stable, and we believe that, environmentally, it’s the right thing to do.” Giarrizzo noted that the transition to Autowave® has already streamlined production. “The misconception is that waterbornes negatively affect your productivity, which isn’t true. In our experience so far, even though application may initially take a little longer until we get fluent, we’ve experienced increased productivity because of a reduction in rework. ” According to Tim Loden, Director of Marketing for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Americas: “Adopting waterborne technology is an inevitable reality for the collision repair industry. The fact that DCR has chosen to take this proactive step in the conversion to Sikkens Autowave simply reinforces the role that Michael Giarrizzo and his organization continue to play as an industry innovator and leader.” The complete transition of DCR Systems and its deader-based operating cells is scheduled for this month. The company’s conversion to waterborne paint technology coincides with heightened attention from governmental agencies throughout North America on the environment. This is particularly true with the rapidly advancing conversion deadlines that are being addressed by collision repair centers today in California.
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