PPG Completes Tianjin Colorful Community Project
Global coatings company PPG recently announced the completion of another Colorful Communities project, this time at the TEDA Nursery School in Tianjin, China.
The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring color and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world, such as in Tianjin, where PPG has a production facility and global coatings innovation center.
“As a member of the community, we pay close attention to the education and growth of the future workforce,” said Cathy Yan, PPG General Manager, Corporate and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. “Through our Colorful Communities projects, PPG brings together the resources of the company and the engagement of our employees to create a better environment for children and contribute to education innovation in China.”
Established in 1999, the TEDA Nursery School is a local kindergarten of almost 400 students that offers health and arts education. Due to the school’s coastal location, its exterior walls were stained and faded from the sea breeze.
For the project, PPG brought together nearly 30 volunteers for almost 60 hours to revitalize and beautify the school’s exterior. Completed in cooperation with the TEDA Charity Association, PPG was reported to have provided more than $50,000 (approximately RMB 330,000) to assist with the project and 93 gallons of its Seigneurie exterior paint.
“We are grateful to PPG for assisting in beautifying our campus,” said Wang Hong, Headmaster, TEDA Nursery School. “Our teachers and children really like the graphics and colors designed by PPG, and the overall design fits well with the arts education that we promote. It allows our children to grow up in a warm and open environment.”
Featuring an orange tone and a minimalist design, the refurbishing project used different saturations of colors to echo the orange hue of the original exterior walls and achieve an integration of colors. This decision, combined with the building’s round corners, PPG reports the structure’s exterior walls now resemble a book, suggesting opening a new chapter for a bright future for the children.
“It is a pleasure to participate in renovating the exterior walls of the TEDA Nursery School,” said Michael Fu, PPG Operations Manager, Tianjin plant. “We are very pleased to witness the changes brought to the campus with our products and our own hands. We hope our volunteer service can make the children there feel the brightness and beauty of life.”
The company notes that, since 2015, PPG has completed 330 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 6.7 million people in 42 countries.