PPG opens industrial wood coatings lab

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PPG has a new wood coatings research and development lab at its facility in Springdale, Pa. The lab is dedicated to developing industrial coatings for wood products, such as flooring, kitchen cabinets, millwork, molding and doors, used in the interior of commercial and residential buildings.

The lab employs chemists, technicians and color stylists and is equipped with the latest application, mixing, testing and analytical technology, according to the company.

The new lab enhances PPG’s ability to innovate and transfer coatings technologies from wood to other building product substrates, such as rubber, vinyl and luxury vinyl tile, to meet the evolving demands of the industry, according to Kevin Braun, PPG’s vice president of Industrial Coatings, Americas.

“There are three main factors driving coatings development across the wood and interior building product segments,” Braun explained in a statement. “They are differentiation through color and aesthetics, product durability and improved process efficiency to control manufacturing costs. By combining our product development capabilities at Springdale, our staff can quickly assimilate technical advances for all types of building product coatings and improve our collaboration with the staff at PPG’s Coatings Innovation Center in nearby Allison Park.”

To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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