PPG recently announced it has expanded development and technical-service capabilities for aerospace and military coatings at its Shildon, England, facility with a $2 million expansion. The investment reportedly supports the installation of advanced-technology equipment for evaluating paint characteristics. Environmentally controlled spray booths and a suite of complementary rooms now enable the PPG site to streamline new-product launches and produce more-exact color matches.

One paint spray booth, which can house an aircraft section or small military vehicle, reported provides variable temperature and humidity settings for product development and training. A second paint spray booth, which maintains constant temperature and relative humidity settings, is designed for applying coatings to panels for customer color-match requests. An expanded testing laboratory has a dedicated color-mixing area and constant temperature and humidity settings. New sanding, drying and oven rooms afford the full range of application processing. The two paint spray booths and a viewing gallery are located in a two-story, 3,400-sq.ft. addition, while the testing laboratory and related rooms occupy the former spray booth space.

According to Peter Wind, technical manager, the aerospace industry is seeing increased demand for custom color, as well as an accelerating pace for commercializing new coatings technologies. The new capabilities at the Shildon facility reportedly strengthen PPG’s responsiveness to these trends.

“PPG aerospace and military coatings are designed for global application and service,” said Wind. “These new capabilities enable us to simulate different environmental conditions that could be encountered by our customers anywhere in the world―from Dubai, where summers are hot and dry, to humid Singapore and even Russia, where a maintenance and repair operation might apply our products in damp, cold conditions. As we develop coatings that have new characteristics, we will be able to streamline their launch.”

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