PPG opens colour design centre in London

New industrial coatings design centre is ninth for global PPG, third in Europe

LONDON, Nov. 3, 2011 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) industrial coatings business today announced the opening of its third European colour design centre, located in the Silvertown area of London. At the new centre, PPG experts will work with designers and manufacturers to accelerate colour design and prototype development for products such as mobile phones, hairdryers, laptops and other electronic devices.

“With the opening of this colour design centre, we can offer customers in the region in-house operations backed by PPG production expertise to help create innovative coatings applications for their products and bring them to market faster,” said Andrew Stadler, PPG consumer products manager, industrial coatings, Europe. “The centre will enable our team to meet with designers and to organize regular workshops for the development of new colours and textures for a wide range of products. With our in-house laboratory, the results of the work will be visible within a few hours.”

This is PPG’s third colour design centre in Europe; the others are in the company's Weingarten facility in Germany and at PPG Dr. Schoch in Burgdorf, Switzerland. Worldwide, PPG has another six design centres – two in the U.S., in Oak Creek, Wis., and near Los Angeles, and four in Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan). PPG expects to open another centre next year in Asia.

“Because styling and design evolve quickly, it helps to have facilities located near our customers to help us react to market changes together with them,” Stadler said. “At the same time, our teams work continuously to track colour trends and develop innovative solutions for manufacturers.”

London was selected for the new centre because of its proximity to designers of consumer products, and because it offers easy access to and from other European cities.

PPG’s industrial coatings business supplies manufacturers in market segments such as heavy-duty equipment, automotive parts, windows and doors, appliances, flooring and consumer electronics. To the consumer products segment, PPG offers technologies and solutions such as liquid and powder coatings, from primers through clearcoats, in finishes ranging from high-gloss to ultra-matt and with a broad array of “soft feel” and other effects.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and colour, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Chantal Chacun
PPG Industrial Coatings EMEA