Materials Science

PPG showcases innovations in paints, coatings, specialty materials that enhance sustainability, efficiency, mobility

PPG showcased its new innovations to media at its production and research and development (R&D) facility in Amsterdam. | © Robert Tjalondo | www.rockinpictures.com | May 2022

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today showcased its latest innovations to media at its production and research and development (R&D) facility in Amsterdam. The event focused on advancements in three key areas – sustainability, efficiency and mobility – reflecting the company’s goals of helping customers lower costs, reduce their environmental footprint and support the global shift to electric vehicles (EVs). 

Recent PPG innovations highlighted during the event include: 

• PPG CORACHAR® battery fire protection coatings for EVs reduce weight, increase battery performance and support passenger and first-responder safety in case of a fire. 

• PPG ENVIROCRON™ LUM powder coating is the first-ever commercial powder coating that is retroreflective. The coating reflects light back to its source with minimal scattering, making objects like bicycles and road barriers appear brighter at night. 

• The PPG MAVIS™ digital color styling platform assists automotive designers to dramatically accelerate the process of creating new colors and effects for their latest vehicles using exceptionally realistic three-dimensional modeling. 

• PPG SOLARON BLUE PROTECTION™ UV+ blocking technology provides enhanced and durable protection for aircraft windows against ultraviolet exposure and high-energy visible blue light, helping address a key concern for the aviation industry. 

• The PPG SPRAYMASTER™ system is a revolutionary portable sprayer specifically designed for exterior woodwork. It is up to 50% faster than brush/roller application and provides quick drying and excellent opacity in one layer. 

• PPG SIGMAGLIDE™ 1290 silicone-based marine coating prevents fouling species from attaching to a vessel without the use of biocides. Its slippery surface also reduces power demand by up to 20%, helping the shipping industry meet key sustainability goals. 

• The PPG MOONWALK® system is an automated refinish paint mixing system that saves labor time, reduces waste and transforms the refinish mixing room into a clean and safe environment. 

• PPG iSENSE™ exterior can coatings protect cans from damage and provide sensory surface effects, such as a textured feel or visual effects like matte and satin. This allows brands to produce unique designs to improve product differentiation on the shelf. 

• LIGHT & EASY™ exterior masonry coatings by PPG help alleviate the problems faced by painters having to handle heavy cans. It reduces the weight of the paint by up to 30% compared to standard coatings while maintaining the same performance. 

“It’s a great privilege to showcase our latest advances,” said Roald Johannsen, PPG vice president, Automotive Coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our R&D strength is recognized, with new product sales accounting for 24% of our total sales in 2021. In addition, 38% or our sales were from sustainably advantaged products during the year.”