PPG celebrates new passive fire protection coatings center in Kunshan

25/09/2014
PPG Industries today celebrated the inauguration of a passive fire protection (PFP) coatings research and development center at its Kunshan site. PPG executives Tim Knavish, global vice president, protective and marine coatings; Mike Horton, president, PPG Asia Pacific; and Colin Tan, director, protective coatings, Asia Pacific, attended the ceremony along with many other guests.
 

Mike Horton, president, PPG Asia Pacific


Kees van der Kolk, PPG technical director, protective and marine coatings


PPG executives and guests cut a ribbon to inaugurate the new passive fire protection coatings research center.

KUNSHAN, China, Sept. 25, 2014 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) today celebrated the inauguration of a passive fire protection (PFP) coatings research and development center at its Kunshan site. PPG executives Tim Knavish, global vice president, protective and marine coatings; Mike Horton, president, PPG Asia Pacific; and Colin Tan, director, protective coatings, Asia Pacific, attended the ceremony along with many other guests.

Groundbreaking took place in September 2013, and it is the first PFP coatings laboratory in Asia. The center will provide technical support to PPG’s global PFP coatings business and develop new PFP coatings suited to the demands of the local market and customers.

“Currently, PFP coatings customers are mainly in the Asia Pacific region, especially South Korea and China. Setting up the PFP Technical Centre in Kunshan, China, enables us to get close to the heart of the market and to better understand the needs of our customers,” Knavish said. “We hope to enhance our development of high-quality PFP products and technologies for petrochemical and other industries by continuing to invest in Asia Pacific.”

The new center is equipped with state-of-the-art research and test facilities, including furnaces imported from the U.S. that can reach 1093 C in three minutes. The center enables PPG to respond promptly to customers’ questions regarding product applications, project construction and technologies for fire and low-temperature protection. In addition, it enables the company to meet customers’ evolving testing needs.

“From product development to technology application, PPG always puts customers’ needs first. The new center again demostrates our committment to the Asia Pacific market and to leveraging our world-leading capabilities to meet the growing needs of local and global customers,” Horton said.

PPG’s protective and marine coatings business offers a variety of PFP coatings. With the launch of PITT-CHAR XP® coatings for extreme hydrocarbon fire scenarios and for protection from fire and extreme–low-temperature leakage, PPG shows its dedication to offering the best protection for steel against hydrocarbon fire. These products have been used widely in civil infrastracture, petrochemical, shipping, power, mining, railway and offshore applications.

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PITT-CHAR XP is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

 
 
Contact:
Hunter Lee
PPG China
86 22 6620 6102
hunterlee@ppg.com
china.ppg.com

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