PPG Opens powder coatings centre in Italy

PPG opened a new powder coating research and development centre in Milan, Italy. The facility’s expanded capabilities, which include a customer application centre, will enhance and accelerate powder coatings product development.

Opening of PPG R&D centre for powder coatings in Italy
PPG opened a new powder coatings R&D centre in Milan Italy. Photo: Business Wire

The R&D centre will focus on innovating powder coatings product development, demonstrating advanced powder technologies and providing best-in-class customer and technical support. The Milan facility is a European hub for cross-technology research and development, hosting laboratories for other businesses that include automotive OEM and refinish coatings.

Combined coating capabilities

“The new powder coatings R&D centre 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 colour group, our global centre of excellence for waterborne coatings, and our state-of-the-art analytical and weathering lab, as One PPG.”

PPG is a already a major supplier of powder coatings to the automotive, transportation, appliance, furniture and other markets. The company expanded the business with its 2020 acquisition of Alpha Coating Technologies, which manufactures powder coatings for light industrial applications and heat-sensitive substrates, and its 2021 acquisition of Wörwag, which makes liquid, powder and film coatings for industrial and automotive applications. PPG recently agreed to acquire the powder coatings business of Arsonsisi, including a manufacturing plant in Verbania, Italy.

More information: www.ppg.com

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