PPG Begins Construction of Application Development Center at Oak Creek Plant

This facility will enable PPG to simulate customer production lines for new coatings and application trials and for application training.

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PPG Industries’ (Pittsburgh) industrial coatings business has broken ground on a new application development center for liquid coatings at its Oak Creek, Wisconsin, plant. Scheduled to open in February 2016, the center will include advanced equipment such as multiple curing ovens, robotic paint applicators and spray booths with temperature and humidity controls to mimic processes and environments in various customers’ plants.

The facility will support development of custom formulations of liquid coatings that apply well and consistently in varying conditions, and will enable PPG to simulate customer production lines for new coatings and application trials and for application training.

Simulating production conditions and testing applications on large and complex shapes and parts will enable PPG technical experts to engage closely with customers during development and testing, offering opportunities to identify and address potential problems and to refine application training.

Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Americas, says the investment shows PPG’s commitment to developing innovative coatings along with its customers. “This new facility will enhance our ability to work collaboratively with them to develop next-generation liquid coatings formulations that help them reduce manufacturing complexities and make coated products that last longer and look better.”

For more information, visit ppgindustrialcoatings.com