Coatings and materials maker PPG Industries completed a $1.4 million upgrade of its automotive adhesives and sealants plant and research and development site in Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, France, adding on manufacturing cells for new structural adhesives and waterborne LASD (liquid applied sound damper) products, lab and testing areas, the Pittsburgh, PA-based company announced Monday.
“As the automotive industry goes through rapid changes, we’re innovating to support our clients beyond manufacturing and product development,” PPG Vice President of Automotive Coatings Gary Danowski said in a statement. “This investment is a continuation of our ambition to support customers in solving some of their biggest challenges.”
PPG purchased new equipment, including robots, dispense systems, flow meters, and regulation systems, for the trial areas in the firm’s Application Centre of Development to mirror conditions in automotive paint and body shops.
“This site has played an instrumental role in strengthening PPG’s position as a reliable and innovative partner for automakers,” said PPG Technical Director of Automotive Adhesives and Sealants Jean-Marc Pinel in a company press release.
The company also purchased technology that is said will cut the number of steps between initial formulations to manufacturing batches and trials. A team is now on site to help guide its customers through the process of product development through customer manufacturing.