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Science and Technology@PPG 


Innovation and technology have been a hallmark of our company's success throughout its history. 
At the dawn of the 21st century, technological innovation has made PPG the world's leading maker of transportation coatings and a major global supplier of industrial and packaging coatings, flat and fabricated glass, continuous-strand fiber glass, and industrial and specialty chemicals.

Just since 1992, many PPG technologies have been recognized with prestigious R&D 100 Awards by R&D Magazine as the year's most significant new product and process developments. Recipients have included:

  • lead-free electrodeposition anti-corrosion primer for automobiles
  • coated-glass auto windshield that does dual duty as a multi-purpose antenna
  • Gas barrier coating for plastic bottles to keep the fizz and freshness in beverages


We are also the developers of Transitions ® plastic photochromic eyewear lenses that automatically darken when exposed to sunlight. We developed a fiber glass yarn destined to revolutionize the manufacture of circuit boards for computers and other electronic devices. We have developed and are a key supplier of pharmaceutical intermediates for drugs used in the treatment of HIV and herpes.

Examples of our continuing emphasis on developing high-technology products include:

  • Sunclean® Glass that cleans itself
  • CeramiClear™ automotive clearcoat developed using nanotechnology
  • Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) pads.

Science and Technology is fundamental to PPG's success and the company's businesses are supported by substantial annual investments in R&D.

With four principal technical centers in the Pittsburgh area, PPG is the largest employer of scientific personnel in a region that has earned a reputation as one of the most desirable in the United States for science, technology, higher education and health care. Other specialized PPG technical facilities are situated elsewhere in the U.S., Europe and Asia.