PPG has completed a US$1.4m upgrade of its automotive adhesives and sealants (A&S) manufacturing and research and development (R&D) centre in Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France.

Upgrades to the facility included new structural adhesives and waterborne LASD (liquid applied sound damper) manufacturing cells, improved laboratory and testing space, upgraded equipment to simulate automotive body shop conditions, and improved technical capabilities. This facility enhances the link between the supplier's R&D and customer needs with integrated services and increased resources.

The improvements include:

  • Application Centre of Development trial areas have been upgraded to recreate the factory line conditions of customers' paint and body shops more accurately with state-of-the-art robots, sophisticated dispense systems, flow meters and regulation equipment.
  • The facility's updated equipment reduces the number of steps between laboratory formulations and manufacturing batches before trials at customer facilities.
  • A dedicated PPG team now guides customers through product development stages and the transition into customer manufacturing, which shows customers efficient processes that minimise time and cost.

The improvements allow the facility to produce all A&S technologies.

This is PPG's main automotive adhesives and sealants facility in Europe and has been in operation for over 30 years.