Axalta backs MotoStudents

Axalta Coating Systems has sponsored the Wolfast UniOvi team’s motorbike entry for the MotoStudent IV competition.

Part of the sponsorship has seen the global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings supply the students with the latest technology waterborne refinish paint, and help them to paint the prototype. The collaboration was carried out in preparation for the bike’s official presentation at the University of Oviedo and its participation at the races from 5-9 October 2016.

Every year, MotoStudent challenges university students around the world to design and to manufacture motorbike prototypes in one of two categories – 250cc four-stroke engine and fully electric – which then go head to head in a race at the Motorland World Championship Aragón Circuit in Spain. This year’s competition has attracted 55 entrants from across Europe and South America.

‘Axalta has been delighted to support the Wolfast UniOvi team for their entry in the MotoStudent IV competition,’ said Kolja Hosch, head of country human resources for Axalta in Europe, Middle East and Africa. ‘We wanted to help them not only ensure the prototype looks good when it makes its debut, but also ensure that the paint didn’t add too much additional weight to the motorbike, which is important when it is put through its paces on the track at the Championship.’

The Wolfast UniOvi team consists of 22 students and two lecturers from the school of engineering at the University of Oviedo. Axalta’s participation with the MotoStudent team is part of a greater engagement with the University of Oviedo. The company’s partnership agreement with the University also sees Axalta offer four, six-month internships to students from different disciplines.