PPG Industries has acquired the business of Ducol Coatings South Africa, which has served as an importer and distributor of PPG's automotive refinish products in South Africa since 2003.

Ducol Coatings, based in Krugersdorp, North West of Johannesburg, was formed in 1990 and has been active throughout South Africa and in Namibia.

"We are pleased with the acquisition of the Ducol Coatings business as this investment illustrates PPG's commitment to grow its coatings presence in the region," said PPG vice president, automotive refinish John Outcalt.

"PPG now will be able to directly serve customers in the region with our innovative automotive refinish products and our customer service, technical support and training programmes."

Outcalt added PPG will continue to use the Ducol brand, as well as Ducol Coatings' former franchisee and distributor network, giving PPG access to a distribution network in the growing South African and surrounding markets.

"PPG intends to continue Ducol Coatings' strong track record of performance and to capture future growth in the region's automotive refinish coatings market," Outcalt said.

A statement from PPG noted many of the world's largest automotive manufacturers have a presence in South Africa and it anticipated population growth and higher purchasing power would lead to more vehicle sales and increased demand for automotive refinish products.

Financial terms were not disclosed.