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PPG ice-deterrent coating for airplanes highlighted at Farnborough

25. July 2016


Visitors to this week’s Farnborough International Air Show in England are getting a first look at the capabilities of an innovative non-stick aircraft coating by PPG. The unique coating, which is still development, helps to eliminate ice build-up on airplanes for increased fuel efficiency, enhanced safety and less required maintenance.


By helping ice, insects and other substances to safely slide off an airplane’s wings and flight-control surfaces, PPG’s coating helps to prevent build-up that can create drag on the aircraft. This, in turn, helps to maintain a smooth flow of air over airplane wings, which studies by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have shown can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 6 percent.


PPG’s coating also helps to decrease an aircraft's energy use for ice removal by 75 to 85 percent compared to a standard finish by reducing the need to use electrical systems and hot air to prevent icing on the wings. Additionally, because the coating helps to minimize bug residue on the airplane’s surface, less post-flight aircraft cleaning is needed, which shortens turnaround intervals on the tarmac.


PPG holds four patents related to the coating’s technology and is currently collaborating with key commercial airframe and engine manufacturers to test the coating’s efficiency and durability. The product may be launched commercially as soon as 2017.


“PPG has a long history of developing innovative coatings, and collaborating closely with customers to solve some of their biggest challenges,” said Mark Cancilla, PPG global director, aerospace coatings. “We believe this coatings technology will help customers increase fuel efficiency and manage hazards such as ice build on aircraft components.”


To learn more about PPG products and services for the aerospace industry, visit Booth 160 in Hall 1 at the Farnborough International Air Show.


PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armour, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit

MFASC and MFANC Supplier Showcase 2016

21. July 2016



The Metal Finishing Association of Southern California (MFASC) and the Metal Finishing Association of Northern California (MFANC) are hosting the California Showcase Week 2016, holding both the MFASC Supplier Showcase and the MFANC Vendor Showcase in the same week, on September 20 and September 22, respectively.



The event will bring together the top local and national suppliers and key people in the metal finishing and surface finishing industry throughout California.

Both the Supplier Showcase and Vendor Showcase bring together suppliers to the metal finishing industry and key decision makers from metal finishing companies looking for innovative products and services for the challenges they face from customers and regulators. Suppliers will be provided four full hours to exhibit their products and services. These shows are the most cost effective way to reach all your metal finishing customers and potential customers in one evening.



For more information, please visit HERE

Axalta Acquires Coil and Spray Coatings Manufacturer Dura Coat

19. July 2016

From left: Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO; Dr. Myung Hong, founder, President and Chairman of Dura Coat; Mrs. Lorrie Hong, Member of the Board of Directors of Dura Coat; and Michael Cash, Axalta Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings.


Axalta Coating Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dura Coat Products, a prominent manufacturer of coatings for metal coil and related markets in North America.


Axalta will initially purchase a majority stake in Dura Coat at the closing which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2016, and the remaining outstanding shares by January 2019, subject to required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Axalta is already familiar with the marketplace for the types of coil sheets which benefit from Dura Coat products. Axalta has offerings complementary to those served by Dura Coat, including leading global brands Alesta and Abcite powder coatings, AquaEC electrocoat products, and Imron industrial coatings which each provide customers in the construction, architectural, and general industrial sectors with durable coatings formulated to protect, increase productivity, and add beauty.


Founded in 1986, Dura Coat has developed a leadership position in the market via its singular focus on overcoming customer challenges through innovation. Well-known Dura Coat brands include Durapon, Ceranamel and the XT series of specialty coatings.



Dassault Aviation Qualifies PPG Ecoat Aerospace Primer

15. July 2016
ppg ecoat tank



PPG has qualified its proprietary Aerocron electrocoat aerospace primer at Dassault Aviation for application to structural aircraft parts for corrosion resistance. Qualification to DGT153703 enables Dassault subcontractors to produce parts for the aircraft manufacturer using the chrome-free PPG e-coat primer.


According to Daniel Bencun, PPG segment manager for aerospace coatings in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the Dassault qualification demonstrates growing interest in the advantages of PPG’s ecoat primer.


“Throughout its history, Dassault has been an innovator and aviation industry leader, and qualifying Aerocron primer shows Dassault’s continued commitment to technological advancements and the environment,” Bencun said. “In addition to its many application and performance benefits, Aerocron primer is chrome-free and water-based, and it reduces emissions as well as waste-treatment requirements.”


In the e-coat process, metal parts are immersed into the electrically charged Aerocron primer bath. Compared with traditional spray primer application, PPG’s e-coat process provides better corrosion protection, more uniform application, and less coating weight for cost savings and enhanced aircraft fuel economy. Product utilization with Aerocron primer is significantly higher with no overspray, eliminating related worker exposure and producing near-zero waste.


“Dassault aircraft operators will benefit from the reduced weight of coated parts and superior corrosion resistance with Aerocron primer,” Bencun said. “While it is difficult to spray on a primer with a consistent coating thickness, Aerocron primer achieves a uniform thickness even on hidden and recessed areas of a part, a significant advantage important within the aerospace industry. Weight savings can be about 30 percent for flat parts and up to 75 percent on complex-shaped parts.”


Aerocron primer is also qualified to SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3144 for anodic electrodeposition primer for aircraft applications.


PPG’s global aerospace business offers coatings, sealants, transparencies, packaging and application systems, and transparent armor, as well as chemical management and other services. For more information, visit

$40 million invested: Dürr opens new US campus

13. July 2016


Dürr has opened a modern campus site in Southfield, Michigan for more than 500 employees, combining the activities of the mechanical and plant engineering firm had previously carried out at three different locations in the Detroit area.


Ralf Dieter, CEO of Dürr AG, said the volume of investment amounts to approximately $40 million.


“This investment is a clear commitment to the North American market,” Dieter said. “From Southfield we can support our customers even more effectively and exploit the growing potential of the US market.”


Apart from painting and final assembly technology, Southfield also accommodates facilities for cleaning and exhaust-air purification technology as well as the balancing technology business for the automotive industry. These activities were previously housed in Plymouth, Wixom and Auburn Hills.


The Southfield campus has nearly 100,000 square feet of offices, and it also includes a validation, test and training center which exceeds another 100,000 square feet.


“The campus provides our employees with the ideal communication platform and ensures even more efficient cooperation, for example in engineering, service, sales and project execution,” said Bruno Welsch, head of the U.S. company Dürr Systems Inc. “This is a key factor, especially for large system contracts. Our test and training center comes complete with Dürr’s latest high-tech equipment, offering customers the perfect environment to run training and tests.”


A 1960s office building was used as the basis for the Dürr campus. Within just six months it had been completely gutted and adapted to Dürr's construction requirements. The result is a modern, energy-efficient complex with open-plan architecture and short distances.


In 2015, the Dürr Group's order intake in North America had increased to $820 million. Welsch said this year further growth is expected on the back of the high level of sales and investment in the automotive industry.


Bruce Hettle, Global Vice President Manufacturing and Labor Affairs for Ford Motor Company highlighted the long partnership with Dürr.


“They always think about the future and innovation and the next step to competitiveness,” Hettle said. “The campus will offer opportunities to work on this collaboration and to take both companies to the next level.”


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