PPG heavy-duty equipment coatings plant starts operation in Tianjin

New emissions-treatment equipment also in operation

John Richter, PPG vice president of operations, coatings, Asia Pacific, speaks at the opening ceremony.
TIANJIN, China, July 18, 2013 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) inaugurated a new manufacturing facility for the production of heavy-duty equipment coatings in Tianjin, China, today. The Tianjin site also has installed equipment to help reduce VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and preserve the local environment. Nearly 100 guests including PPG executives and representatives from leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturers attended the opening ceremony.

With annual capacity of about 9,000 tons, the new plant will produce industrial coatings for China-based manufacturers of heavy-duty machinery, such as agricultural, construction and mining equipment.

“Demand for premium coatings products in various industries and by local and multinational companies operating in China continues to grow rapidly,” said John Richter, PPG vice president of operations, coatings, Asia Pacific. “We are pleased, and this investment demonstrates our continuing business and environmental commitment to the region and toward meeting the expanding customer demand.”

Along with the Tianjin plant, PPG has a research center and a powder coatings plant in Suzhou to help improve local product development, supply-chain efficiency and technical service. The new manufacturing operation in Tianjin improves the regional capacity of PPG’s industrial coatings. After the opening ceremony, PPG held an industrial coatings seminar and invited attendees to discuss the company’s products and future market trends.

“PPG pursues a sustainable development strategy for all its operations and expansion projects, which is reflected in its eco-friendly products and technologies, energy-efficient production methods and environmentally-responsible manufacturing practices,” said Willie Wu, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Asia Pacific. “The strategy not only benefits PPG, its plants and the nearby communities, but it also benefits our customers. The plant opening and installation of new emissions-treatment equipment marks an essential step in our progress toward sustainable development.”

The overall Tianjin coatings operation was the first PPG coatings plant built in China, and it has developed into PPG’s largest coatings production base in the world. The factory currently supplies automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) coatings and industrial coatings to the China market.

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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Hunter Lee
PPG China
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