PPG has officially inaugurated its Packaging Coatings Innovation Centre in Bodelshausen, Germany.
The company, which specialises in paints, coatings and materials, including for aerosols, opened the centre, which features newly expanded analytical and research and development (R&D) capabilities to enhance and accelerate packaging coatings product development across a range of end markets.
“Bodelshausen now boasts a critical mass of development capabilities that will increase our new product speed to market at a time when our customers need us more than ever,” said Charles Turner, PPG’s technical director and global director of regulatory affairs, packaging coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Having our resources focused at a single site means we can maximise the synergies between our development teams and increase our flexibility and efficiency.”
PPG’s Packaging Coatings Innovation Centre is a centralised location for product development and customer support in the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The expansion ensures that the lab remains at the forefront of R&D capabilities.
It features a new research laboratory housing four global development centres – caps and closures, personal care, powder and food development. Added predictive testing and analysis equipment will further speed-up product development capability.
PPG also recently announced plans to expand its packaging coatings capacity in Tiel, the Netherlands, Ciesyzn Poland and Delaware, Ohio.
“These investments reflect the remarkable and growing global consumer demand for infinitely recyclable aluminium and steel cans and the innovative PPG packaging coatings that make them viable,” commented Alessandro Borzino, PPG general manager, packaging coatings, EMEA.