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PPG Industries has inaugurated a manufacturing facility for the production of heavy-duty equipment coatings in Tianjin, China. The site has also installed equipment to help reduce VOC 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 a capacity of about 9000t/yr, the 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 multi-national companies operating in China continues to grow rapidly,” said John Richter, PPG VP 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 centre 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.
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.