PPG is increasing investment in automated dispense cell manufacturing of paint and related coatings for the automotive parts and accessories decorative (APAD) discipline, although financial details have not been disclosed.

Dispense cell technology enables PPG to accelerate production and approval of paint batches for vehicle OEMs and component suppliers.

The technology allows coatings components to be automatically drawn from storage vats in the correct proportions and mixed directly in their shipping containers, simplifying and increasing the efficiency of the coatings manufacturing process.

PPG recently launched an APAD dispense cell operation at its San Juan del Rio, Mexico, coatings facility and will start production on an additional cell next year in Sriperumbudur, India.

These cells are in addition to PPG's recent APAD investments in Germany and Russia and the dispense cells already online at the company's APAD facilities in Valladolid, Spain; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Tianjin, China.

"PPG's automated dispense cell technology has greatly improved paint and coatings production for our customers around the world," said PPG global general manager, APAD, Rodger Lee Pelo.

"Our expansion of this capability reinforces PPG's commitment to the APAD space and enables us to react much faster to customer needs while increasing product consistency and colour accuracy."

Dispense cell technology is considered critical in the automotive parts and accessories category due to the expanding range of colours offered by OEMs and their components suppliers, as well as increased use of plastics and other substrates.

Automated production reduces product variability, leading to increased batch consistency in colour, appearance and application as well as reduced lead times for customers.

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