PPG Completes $7.8 Million Investment at Global Paint and Coatings Research and Development Hub

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG (NYSE:PPG) today marked the completion of a $7.8 million investment
at its Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, just 20
minutes from its global headquarters in Pittsburgh. (Additional
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The upgrades to the facility include increased laboratory and testing
space and upgraded equipment that improves the technical capabilities of
the company’s primary research and development facility for paint and
coatings. The upgrades enhance PPG’s resources for creating and testing
sealants, adhesives and pretreatment solutions; for simulating the
environments where customers use its automotive and industrial paints
and coatings; and for training distributors, painters and
collision-repair professionals to successfully use the company’s
automotive refinish coatings.

“The PPG Coatings Innovation Center continues to provide an elite
research and development environment where PPG scientists can ensure our
customers have access to the most inventive coatings solutions,” said
David Bem, PPG vice president, science and technology, and chief
technology officer-elect. “Many times, the breakthroughs that help us to
deliver color, durability and functionality in coatings for everything
from cars and trucks to consumer electronics and heavy machinery begin
at our Coatings Innovation Center.”

Michael McGarry, PPG president and CEO, said, “As PPG continues to
expand its paint and coatings portfolio, the company’s science and
technology activities become increasingly important for ongoing
advancement to address our customers’ changing needs. Because it is the
hub of our global research and development activities, enhancing the
Coatings Innovation Center strengthens PPG’s overall capabilities as
well as its presence in the Pittsburgh area – home to our global
headquarters for more than 130 years.”

The investment at PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center enhances three main

  • The facility’s renovated coatings application center provides two
    robotic spray booths with environmental controls for variable
    temperature, humidity and airflow. The booths enable PPG to replicate
    the manufacturing environments of customers around the world to test
    the application of automotive, industrial and performance coatings
    products under a wide range of conditions, such as relative humidity
    ranging from 15% to 95%.
  • Space has been converted to laboratories for synthesis, adhesives and
    sealants, and pretreatment solutions to accommodate increased staffing
    and upgraded equipment that support PPG’s growing development needs in
    these areas.
  • A completely renovated, 9,000 sq. ft. automotive refinish training
    center now provides state-of-the art facilities, including two new
    spray booths, a prep station, upgraded equipment and two large
    classrooms where body-shop and collision-repair professionals can
    learn about PPG products and application techniques.


PPG’s vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by
consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable
solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products
and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and
color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer
products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to
enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded
in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more
than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2015 were
$15.3 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange
(symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com
and follow @PPGIndustries
on Twitter.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and the PPG
is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


Mark Silvey
Corporate Communications
Investor Relations