PPG opens powder coatings research lab

Paint and coatings giant expands product development efforts at new facility in Italy.
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Ribbon cutting on new PPG facility in Milan, Italy. The lab includes a customer application center. (Photo: Business Wire)

PPG opened a Central European powder coatings research and development center in Milan, Italy.

The facility’s expanded capabilities, which include a customer application center, will enhance and accelerate powder coatings product development. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

“The new powder coatings R&D center boasts a critical mass of capabilities that will significantly strengthen our product development and application efforts,” said Olivier Magnin, technical director, industrial coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at PPG.

“We also can leverage competencies at the site, including our corporate color group, our global center of excellence for waterborne coatings, and our state-of-the-art analytical and weathering lab, as One PPG,” said Magnin.

The R&D center will focus on innovating powder coatings product development, demonstrating advanced powder technologies and providing best-in-class customer and technical support.

The Milan facility is a European hub for cross-technology research and development, hosting laboratories for other businesses that include automotive OEM and refinish coatings.

“The customer application center will include a design and color showroom where we can really inspire our customers and help us further accelerate growth in our powder coatings business,” said Anne Banuls, powder business manager, industrial coatings, EMEA for PPG.

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The company said it expanded the business with its 2020 acquisition of Alpha Coating Technologies, which manufactures powder coatings for light industrial applications and heat-sensitive substrates, and its 2021 acquisition of Wörwag, which makes liquid, powder and film coatings for industrial and automotive applications.

PPG recently agreed to acquire the powder coatings business of Arsonsisi, including a manufacturing plant in Verbania, Italy.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PPG operates and innovate in more than 75 countries and reported net sales of $16.8 billion in 2021. The firm serves customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets.