PPG opened its first research lab in the early 1900s and has been on the forefront of innovation in the coatings industry ever since. Today, PPG shares that inventive spirit by working directly with customers in global color workshops and design centers and through our Secure Launch Excellence Program, a proprietary four-phase process created by PPG to help OEMs accelerate the development of new coatings colors and formulations for their products.
An acknowledged world leader in advanced coating technologies, PPG pioneered anodic electrocoat systems in the 1960s and revolutionized the industry a decade later with the introduction of the cationic electrocoat system in the 1970s. Today, PPG protects more square-feet of metal on more products than all other electrocoating suppliers in the world combined.
Over the past decade, PPG has won several prestigious R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine, including two for the development of Zircobond, an environmentally advanced pretreatment for automotive applications, and Duranar powder coatings for metal building panels.
In addition to helping metal substrates look better and last longer, these advances, like many others, have positioned PPG as a leading developer of coatings that reduce energy use, cut harmful emissions, minimize waste and promote a healthier, more sustainable planet.