PPG Industries (IW 500/78) last week inaugurated a new manufacturing facility for the production of heavy-duty equipment coatings in Tianjin, China

With annual capacity of about 9,000 tons, the new plant will produce industrial coatings for China-based manufacturers of heavy-duty machinery, such as agricultural, construction and mining equipment.

“Demand for premium coatings products in various industries and by local and multinational companies operating in China continues to grow rapidly,” said John Richter, PPG vice president of operations, coatings, Asia Pacific. “We are pleased, and this investment demonstrates our continuing business and environmental commitment to the region and toward meeting the expanding customer demand.”

Along with the Tianjin plant, PPG has a research center and a powder coatings plant in Suzhou to help improve local product development, supply-chain efficiency and technical service.

The Tianjin site also has installed equipment to help reduce VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and preserve the local environment.

“PPG pursues a sustainable development strategy for all its operations and expansion projects, which is reflected in its eco-friendly products and technologies, energy-efficient production methods and environmentally-responsible manufacturing practices,” said Willie Wu, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Asia Pacific.

The overall Tianjin coatings operation was the first PPG coatings plant built in China, and it has developed into PPG’s largest coatings production base in the world. The factory currently supplies automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) coatings and industrial coatings to the China market.