PPG has completed a $7.8-million investment at its Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, PA, close to its global headquarters in Pittsburgh. Upgrades to the facility include increased laboratory and testing space and upgraded equipment that improves the technical capabilities of the company’s primary research and development facility for paint and coatings. These upgrades enhance PPG’s resources for creating and testing sealants, adhesives and pretreatment solutions; for simulating the environments where customers use its automotive and industrial paints and coatings; and for training distributors, painters and collision-repair professionals to successfully use the company’s automotive refinish coatings. “The PPG Coatings Innovation Center continues to provide an elite research and development environment where PPG scientists can ensure our customers have access to the most inventive coatings solutions,” said David Bem, PPG vice-president, science and technology, and chief technology officer-elect. “Many times, the breakthroughs that help us to deliver color, durability and functionality in coatings for everything from cars and trucks to consumer electronics and heavy machinery begin at our Coatings Innovation Center.” The investment enhances three main areas. The renovated coatings application center provides two robotic spray booths with environmental controls for variable temperature, humidity and airflow. The booths enable PPG to replicate the manufacturing environments of customers around the world to test the application of automotive, industrial and performance coatings products under a wide range of conditions, such as relative humidity ranging from 15 percent to 95 percent. Space has been converted to laboratories for synthesis, adhesives and sealants, and pretreatment solutions to accommodate increased staffing and upgraded equipment that support PPG’s growing development needs in these areas. A completely renovated, 9,000 sq. ft. automotive refinish training center now provides state-of-the art facilities, including two new spray booths, a prep station, upgraded equipment and two large classrooms where body-shop and collision-repair professionals can learn about PPG products and application techniques. www.ppg.com