PPG begins packaging coatings production in Sumaré, Brazil

Complex offers synergies, integrated laboratory, faster access to innovation

From left, Carlos Santa Cruz, PPG general manager, coatings, South America; Sumaré Mayor Cristina Carrara; and Doug Pegg, PPG vice president, packaging coatings, unveil signage for the new packaging coatings unit.
SAO PAULO, Brazil, April 25, 2013 – PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) packaging coatings business announced today it has begun production in the Sumaré (São Paulo, Brazil) industrial complex. The business moved operations from Cajamar to Sumaré to leverage its position in South America, offering closer proximity to customers, improving support in the region and reducing time to market for new products.

The new manufacturing unit serves as PPG’s primary production site for packaging coatings in the Latin America region. It has been in service since January and is producing several hundred tons of coatings each month. The unit is situated in a 5,400-square-foot building within PPG’s Sumaré coatings manufacturing complex, which also produces industrial, protective and marine, automotive refinish and automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) coatings.

“Our investment in Sumaré demonstrates our commitment to South America markets, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador,” said Doug Pegg, PPG vice president, packaging coatings. “In addition, the location of the new plant enables us to respond more quickly to the needs of our existing customers, and it is an important resource for us as we establish relationships with new customers in this growing market.”

According to Carlos Santa Cruz, PPG general manager, coatings, South America, “The new unit reflects the company's commitment to track customers more closely, and to take the best of PPG’s portfolio to where our customers are located.” He said the unit has ample capacity and is able to help meet the needs of customers in other countries and regions.

The Sumaré facility now manufactures coatings for many end-uses in the packaging industry, such as beer and beverage cans and ends; food cans and ends; aerosols; tubes; promotional cans; paint cans and drums; and caps and closures. The coatings are used for products in market sectors such as the food, beverage, cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceutical, and paint and chemical industries.

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.

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Carlos R. Thurler
PPG Latin America South