PPG Opens Powder Coatings Research Center
Earlier this month, global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced the opening of its new European Central Powder Coatings Research and Development Center. Located in Milan, Italy, the facility includes a customer application center and is expected to accelerate powder coatings product development.
According to the release, the R&D center will focus on innovating powder coatings product development, demonstrating powder technologies and providing customer and technical support. The facility will also serve as a European hub for cross-technology research and development, hosting laboratories for other businesses that include automotive OEM and refinish coatings.
“The new powder coatings R&D center boasts a critical mass of capabilities that will significantly strengthen our product development and application efforts,” said Olivier Magnin, PPG technical director, industrial coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
“We also can leverage competencies at the site, including our corporate color group, our global center of excellence for waterborne coatings, and our state-of-the-art analytical and weathering lab, as One PPG.”
PPG reports it is a leading supplier of powder coatings to the automotive, transportation, appliance, furniture and other markets.
In 2020, the company acquired Alpha Coating Technologies, which manufactures powder coatings for light industrial applications and heat-sensitive substrates, and acquired Wörwag in 2021, which makes liquid, powder and film coatings for industrial and automotive applications.
Additionally, PPG recently announced that it officially entered into an agreement to acquire the powder coatings business of Arsonsisi, including a manufacturing plant in Vebania, Italy. The Milan, Italy-based company is reported to be a leading supplier of specialty powder coatings for the architectural and industrial markets.
“The investment in our Milan facility demonstrates our long-term commitment to delivering novel powder coatings technologies to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Anne Banuls, PPG powder business manager, industrial coatings, EMEA. “The customer application center will include a design and color showroom where we can really inspire our customers and help us further accelerate growth in our powder coatings business.”
Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.