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Video Highlights Broad Range of PPG Automotive Coatings

11. April 2016



PPG has produced an animated video that details all the functional (non-decorative) automotive parts, surfaces and applications for which PPG provides innovative coatings products.


Using a generic sport utility vehicle (SUV) to illustrate, the animation depicts the five layers of protection and beauty that PPG coatings—such as pretreatment and electrocoat (ecoat) products for finished metal—provide for exterior body parts.


The video also shows PPG coatings on parts that make up the powertrain and suspension, as well as those applied to frames and structural components, wheels, wiper arms, bumpers, tow hitches and roof racks.


Additionally, electronic and conductive coatings by PPG are featured on the animated SUV. Inside the vehicle, they enhance the performance of antennas, air bag sensors, electronic devices and mirrors. Outside the vehicle, these coatings help advanced collision-avoidance systems detect obstacles.


Effy Carpenter, PPG segment manager, automotive parts and accessories-functional (APAF), says PPG produced the video to show automotive manufacturers and their tier suppliers how they can partner with PPG for single-source coatings capability, covering a broad array of innovative solutions for aesthetics, corrosion-resistance and light-weighting challenges.


“PPG is well-known and widely trusted in the auto industry for providing reliable corrosion prevention and unique external color and protection. Our goal is to continue to expand automotive customers’ awareness of our full range of exceptional coatings technologies and expertise,” she explained. “This new animation illustrates the array of solutions in our advanced auto coatings portfolio, highlighting both the proven and breakthrough PPG products that can help manufacturers and tier suppliers.”


The video can be downloaded from the APAF page on For more information, call 1-888-774-2001.



Winona PVD Coatings wins 2016 Quality Plant of the Year

7. April 2016


Winona PVD Coatings in Warsaw, Indiana, won the 2016 Quality Plant of the Year award from Quality magazine.


The company was established in 2006 and coats wheels with a bright finish for Ford's F-150, along with Hyundai, Nissan and BMW. The company focuses on quality, continuous improvement, and high-technology manufacturing—the coatings process is so automated that wheels are not touched by human hands in the six hours it takes to produce them.


In the past year, the company tripled its output and workforce. Construction of the original 66,000-square-foot facility started in early 2007 and production began in 2008. The production equipment was designed under the direction of Winona PVD’s engineering team to ensure the highest quality production possible. Six years later Winona PVD has expanded to a second line housed in a 68,000 square foot addition and a third production line in a new 101,000 square foot building across the street. Winona PVD is growing rapidly to meet demand for their Bright and Black G-Chrome finish.


Quality magazine points out that Winona PVD Coatings takes quality so seriously that out of the almost 1.5 million wheels shipped in the past 10 years, the company has seen the number of returns in the single digits.


For more information, visit Winona PVD Coatings at To read the article, please visit

The Science of Watching Paint Dry

5. April 2016

Researchers from the University of Surrey in collaboration with the Université Claude Bernard Lyon used computer simulation and material experiments to show how when coatings with different sized particles (such as paints) dry, the coating spontaneously forms two layers.


This mechanism can be used to control the properties at the top and bottom of coatings independently, which could help increase performance of coatings across industries as diverse as beauty and pharmaceuticals. 


“When coatings such as paint, ink or even outer layers on tablets are made, they work by spreading a liquid containing solid particles onto a surface, and allowing the liquid to evaporate,” said Dr Andrea Fortini, of the University of Surrey and lead author. “This is nothing new, but what is exciting is that we’ve shown that during evaporation, the small particles push away the larger ones, remaining at the top surface whilst the larger are pushed to bottom. This happens naturally.”


The team is continuing to work on such research to understand how to control the width of the layer by changing the type and amount of small particles in the coating and explore their use in industrial products such as paints, inks, and adhesives


The funding for this work comes from the EU project BARRIERPLUS, which aims at the reduction of environmentally damaging volatile organic compounds in paints.


April Go-To Guy: Delmas Stephens, Hohman Plating

4. April 2016

Delmas Stephens, Hohman Plating


Delmas Stephens recently surpassed 50 years at Hohman Plating in Dayton, Ohio. He is a decorative chrome plating operator, and has been married to his wife Glenda for 45 years.


Know a guy or gal in the industry who should be recognized? Email Jess Larkin at


Originally published in the April 2016 issue.


Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Valspar for $11.3 Billion

1. April 2016


Sherwin-Williams will acquire Valspar for approximately $11.3 billion. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.


Sherwin-Williams officials say that the company and Valspar have highly complementary paints and coatings offerings, and that the transaction results in an exceptional, diversified array of strong brands and technologies, accelerates Sherwin-Williams growth strategy by expanding its global platform in Asia-Pacific and EMEA, and also adds new capabilities in the packaging and coil segments.


The combined company would have pro forma 2015 Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA (including estimated annual synergies) of approximately $15.6 billion and $2.8 billion, respectively, with approximately 58,000 employees.


“Valspar is an excellent strategic fit with Sherwin-Williams,” said John Morikis, Sherwin-Williams’ president and chief executive officer. “The combination expands our brand portfolio and customer relationships in North America, significantly strengthens our global finishes business, and extends our capabilities into new geographies and applications, including a scale platform to grow in Asia-Pacific and EMEA.”


Morikis said customers of both companies will benefit from our increased product range, enhanced technology and innovation capabilities, and the transaction's clearly defined cost synergies. He said Sherwin-Williams will continue to be headquartered in Cleveland and intends to maintain a significant presence in Minneapolis.


Gary Hendrickson, Valspar’s chairman and chief executive officer, said his company is pleased to announce the transaction, which delivers immediate and certain cash value to their stockholders.


“We believe that Sherwin-Williams is the right partner to utilize our array of brands and create a premier global coatings company,” he said. “The combination of Sherwin-Williams and Valspar will benefit our customers, employees and other stakeholders. We are confident this transaction will create opportunities to accelerate many of the operating initiatives already underway at Valspar.


The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q1 calendar year 2017, and is subject to the approval of Valspar shareholders and customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.


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