PPG Bodelshausen facility: A center of excellence in technology, manufacturing

Members of PPG Bodelshausen’s leadership team (from left, PPG Managing Directors Arno Schmitz, Bernhard Schmid and Adelbert Edelmann) often take facility visitors to tour Hohenzollern Castle.

Jutta Bronswyk, PPG chemist for caps and closures, checks the performance of a twist-on jar lid coated with PPG products.

PPG Bodelshausen manufacturing plant

Hans-Peter Herden, PPG deputy laboratory manager, inspects aluminum foil coating at the Bodelshausen R&D center.

PPG Operator Stephan Schmidt makes a pink basecoat for monobloc aerosol cans.

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BODELSHAUSEN, Germany, March 14, 2013 – It’s fitting that PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) packaging coatings manufacturing plant in Bodelshausen is nestled in a valley overlooked by the renowned Hohenzollern Castle, the ancestral seat of German royalty. The facility enjoys a royal position in the global industry, with its leadership in coatings technology for monobloc (one-piece, aluminum) aerosol cans, and aluminum and plastic tubes.

“PPG packaging coatings is No. 1 in the world in that sector primarily because of the strength of Bodelshausen’s technology and manufacturing expertise,” said Jens Brackebusch, PPG general manager, packaging coatings, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). “It’s truly a center of excellence.”

PPG Bodelshausen is the company’s largest packaging coatings plant, both in terms of manufacturing and research and development. In value terms it manufactures about 45 percent of the packaging coatings PPG sells in the EMEA region and about 20 percent of what the business sells worldwide. The facility currently makes more than 650 coatings products for the global packaging coatings industry, and it directly serves more than 150 customers’ manufacturing plants. Its wide-ranging production capabilities produce coatings in volumes ranging from 25 kilograms to more than 25 tons, according to Arno Schmitz, managing director, business functional support.

“We’re extremely proud of our employees, their dedication and commitment to innovation,” Schmitz said. “Over the past 12 years, we’ve increased our volume by nearly 200 percent – without large financial investments. We’ve used a range of business process improvement methods in reengineering our manufacturing processes.”

According to Bernhard Schmid, managing director, local sales company, PPG Bodelshausen provides technologies and high-value products that enable customers to achieve their goals, whether freshness, ease of use, or long-term shelf life.

While the difficult global economy has affected Bodelshausen, and all PPG’s packaging coatings sites, “packaging remains a profitable area,” Schmid said. “Even during the most difficult times, people must purchase foods and personal-care products. And our coatings and technologies continue to be leaders.”


PPG Bodelshausen makes coatings systems for:
  • monobloc (one-piece) aerosol cans
  • three-piece aerosol cans
  • two-piece beverage cans (most common for beer and other beverage makers)
  • aluminum and plastic tubes
  • closures
  • food cans
  • general line metal packaging
  • coil and foil applications (such as easy-open ends for beverage cans)
PPG Bodelshausen quick facts:
  • About 130 full-time employees
  • Automated filling stations for coatings installed in 2004
  • New, larger resin tank farm built in 2007
  • Won first-place PPG Safety Award in 2009 and 2010
  • Comprises three separate locations: a 2.5-acre manufacturing plant, a nearby shipping and customer service building, and research labs and administrative offices
  • Home to a falcon that returns annually to an enclosure built onto upper corner of the manufacturing plant


PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, 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 nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
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Valérie Stil-Gamelin
PPG Packaging Coatings

Todd White
PPG Packaging Coatings