PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full capacity.

In addition to facilities for manufacturing and distributing coatings for automotive, industrial, packaging and protective marine applications, the site includes administrative offices and technical laboratories.

“PPG’s investment in this facility demonstrates our commitment to serve our existing customers in Russia and Eastern Europe and to expand our presence in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region,” said PPG SVP global architectural coatings and president, PPG EMEA, Jean-Marie Greindl.

“Having local manufacturing, distribution and technical operations will help PPG meet growing local demand for its paint and coatings products.”

PPG also operates an adhesives and sealants plant in Kolomna, Russia.

Since announcing plans for the new facility in 2013, PPG has established itself as a supportive member of the Lipetsk community through various activities.

Last year, PPG employees volunteered at the Griazy orphanage in Lipetsk to help repair and update the building’s gymnasium, replacing materials on floors and walls with safer products donated by PPG and its local distributor.

“As a community partner, PPG wants to support local organisations that are making a difference where our employees work and live,” said PPG general manager Russia, Jens Brackebusch.

“This is an important part of our global mission to be caring, responsible corporate citizens in our communities.”