Swiss company PPG will expand its coatings manufacturing capacity in Europe for packaging applications.
The investments at PPG’s sites in the Netherlands and Poland will support growing customer demand in the region for the latest generation of coatings for aluminium and steel cans used in packaging for beverage, food, and personal care items, including aerosols.
Projects included a further expansion of the company’s location in Tiel, the Netherlands, which will increase the plant’s production capacity for PPG INNOVEL® non-BPA internal coatings for beverage cans by 30%. Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the project follows a 50% expansion completed at the end of 2020.
The Tiel plant will also double its production capacity for PPG iSENSE® external coatings that are used for the exterior of metal cans for beverage and personal care packaging. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
PPG Innovel is the most widely used non-BPA internal beverage can spray technology in the world, according to PPG, providing flavour-neutral properties and suitability for a broad range of filling products. PPG iSENSE speciality overvarnish coatings offer differentiating sensory surface effects for can exteriors, including textured finishes that help brands stand out on shelves.
PPG will also double capacity at its plant in Cieszyn, Poland to support the growth of the PPG NUTRISHIELD™ line of non-BPA internal food can coatings. This project is expected to be completed by the end of Q3 this year.
“These investments demonstrate our long-term commitment to supporting our packaging customers across Europe and beyond,” said Alessandro Borzino, PPG general manager of packaging coatings for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“They will improve our ability to efficiently supply the innovative coatings solutions that canmakers and brands trust.”
These latest investments follow a project completed last year to expand packaging coatings capacity at PPG’s Bodelshausen, Germany site. The project doubled production capacity for white lacquers that are used on the external surface of personal care and caps and closures for packaging.
The research and development facility at the site has also been expanded and now represents the firm’s European R&D packaging centre of excellence. It will be officially inaugurated late this year.
“We are dedicated to delivering novel and breakthrough technologies to exceed our customers’ expectations,” added Borzino.
“Through our commitment to innovation and dedication to quality and high-performance products, PPG provides increased value for brand owners and operational advantages to manufacturers.”