PPG opens new coatings centre at Oak Creek plant in US


US-based PPG Industries has opened a new liquid coatings application development centre at its plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The new $3m centre includes advanced equipment that helps simulate industrial coatings customers' manufacturing environments to ensure PPG coatings will be properly and consistently applied during their production processes.

It houses several curing ovens, robotic paint applicators and spray booths with temperature and humidity controls to mimic a wide range of liquid coatings application conditions.

According to the company, these capabilities will further improve the product launch process and application validation capabilities of its industrial coatings business.

PPG industrial coatings liquid application manager Steve Wirtz said: "It's important to our customers to have liquid coatings products that work well in specific climates and environments.

"We can simulate those conditions in our climate-controlled coating rooms to ensure that PPG products will perform as desired."

"If they're applying liquid coatings in the searing heat of summer with high humidity, or in cold-weather environments, we can simulate those conditions in our climate-controlled coating rooms to ensure that PPG products will perform as desired.

"The abilities to mimic actual production conditions and to test coatings applications on large and complex shapes and parts will enable our technical experts to work more closely with customers during development, offering new opportunities for identifying and addressing potential problems and for coatings application training."

PPG is focused on providing a comprehensive array of powder, electrocoat, pretreatment and liquid products for metal finishing to manufacturers in several industries.

PPG industrial coatings Americas vice president Kevin Braun said: "At PPG, we understand the challenges and demands our customers face every day, and we collaborate to help solve them.

"Investing in this new facility shows PPG's commitment to developing innovative coatings along with our customers and enhances our ability to work with them on next-generation liquid coatings formulations."

Image: PPG executives at the opening of new coatings centre in Oak Creek WI. Photo: courtesy of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc/ Businesswire.