PPG has held the ceremony to mark completion of a US$20m centre for on-site electrocoat coatings blending at its resin manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China. 

The new 37,500-square-foot (nearly 3,500 square meters) centre adds production and blending capacity for cathodic electrocoat (e-coat) coatings. It is PPG's second e-coat blending operation in China along with one in Tianjin.

PPG says the new facility will help it meet growing demand by automotive-manufacturing and industrial customers for environmentally friendly coatings, such as waterborne e-coat products which comply with regulations in China.

"China is the world's second-largest economy and continues to be among PPG's most important strategic markets globally," said PPG VP operations, coatings, Asia Pacific, John Richter.

"We remain committed to meeting customer demand in China through ongoing investment. As a key production base for PPG, our Zhangjiagang site has capacity for expansion, reflecting our confidence in China's sustainable economic growth."

PPG was the first company to introduce electrocoat technology commercially in an automotive OEM assembly plant 52 years ago.

E-coat technology offers high coating uniformity and efficiency as well as corrosion protection and PPG says it has virtually eliminated rust on vehicles in addition to providing corrosion resistance to household appliances, computers and other electronic devices, and automotive and mechanical parts.

The Zhangjiagang site started production in 2011 as PPG's first resin plant in China, supplying both PPG coatings businesses and customers in the Asia Pacific region.