PPG Industries was named a 2012 Automotive News PACE Award winner for its Premium B1:B2 Compact Paint System, which enables automotive manufacturers to reduce the number of steps necessary to paint a vehicle. This marks the eighth time PPG has received the award, which honors automotive suppliers’ innovations in products, manufacturing processes and information technology.
The Premium B1:B2 Compact Paint System moves the traditional primer application into the topcoat booth, eliminating a dedicated primer booth and related processing, and thereby reducing energy use and cycle times. The B1 layer provides the primary primer function for chip and durability benefits, and the B2 layer provides color and additional durability. The two layers are applied wet-on-wet, reducing the energy and time needed for baking or heated dehydration between layer applications in other paint systems. The B1:B2 process is designed to reduce energy use and emissions, improve paint shop efficiency and help reduce a manufacturer’s footprint for greenfield sites.