PPG Industries recently completed a US$5-million expansion at its coatings manufacturing facility in Wuppertal, Germany. The project added equipment to existing buildings on the campus, providing up to a 35 percent increase in annual production capacity of environmentally sustainable waterborne coatings for automotive and industrial applications. The facility, which employs over 190 people, plans to hire employees to manage the increased capacity. The additional capacity enables PPG to meet increasing demand for its waterborne coatings by automotive manufacturers and industrial customers in the region. “Waterborne coatings offer manufacturers a more sustainable alternative to typical solvent-based coatings by reducing volatile organic compounds,” said Jean-Marie Greindl, vice president, automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and president, PPG EMEA. “PPG has been at the forefront of this technology throughout its evolution and holds a leading position in this segment in Europe.” www.ppg.com