PPG launches low-temperature cure electrocoats for automotive manufacturers

07 June 2023

PPG has launched PPG Enviro-Prime® Epic 200R coatings, a suite of electrocoat (e-coat) products that cure at lower temperatures than competing technologies. The products provide sustainability benefits for customers, including lower energy use and reduced CO2 emissions at manufacturing facilities.

“This is a game-changing technology,” said Garry Grant, PPG Global Product Manager, substrate protection products, Automotive Coatings. “Conventional e-coats typically require higher oven temperatures to cure over thicker substrates and complex assemblies, resulting in uneven appearance and variations in colour. The PPG Enviro-Prime Epic 200R platform ensures well-cured films at lower baking temperatures, providing a more sustainable solution without sacrificing manufacturing throughput or coating performance.”

As part of its growth strategy, PPG is focusing on partnering with customers to provide industry-leading innovations and digital solutions that provide productivity and sustainability benefits. In 2022, 39% of PPG’s sales were from sustainably advantaged products – the company aims to increase that to 50% of total sales by 2030 under its new environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets.

PPG is a pioneer in e-coat, which has been used in automotive and industrial applications for nearly 60 years and is a key innovation leading to significantly reducing auto body corrosion and extending vehicle lifespan. It is a water-based technology, providing outstanding substrate protection for cars, appliances and airplanes and is applied at over 95% efficiency, minimising material waste.

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