PPG Celebrates 140 Years Of Operation

PPG has opened a special customer and employee experience centre at its global headquarters in Pittsburgh, USA to mark the company’s 140th anniversary of operation.

Spanning 130 square metres, the centre is part of a recent renovation of the top two floors of the site. The centre is designed to showcase innovative paints, coatings, and specialty materials and technologies from across the organisation that PPG says exemplify the company’s purpose: “We protect and beautify the world”.

“The modern design enables increased collaboration by providing an innovative, open environment for everyone who works at, or visits, our global headquarters,” said Tim Knavish, PPG President and CEO. “One of PPG’s enterprise growth focus areas is to modernise our operations around the world, and this is another step forward in that journey.”

In addition to the experience centre, the renovations include new open-concept workspaces, collaboration areas, meeting rooms, and employee kitchens with views of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. More than 20 PPG paint colours, including the company’s 2024 colour of the year, Limitless; 2023 colour of the year, Vining Ivy; and 2022 colour of the year, Olive Sprig; are also displayed.

Additional modernisation projects across PPG this year include renovations of facilities in Amsterdam; Rueil-Malmaison, France; Prague; and Mexico City; as well as an expansion of the Zhangjiagang plant in China and the opening of a Battery Pack Application Center in Tianjin, China.

PPG was formed in 1883 by John Pitcairn and Captain John Ford under the name Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. Over the years, the company has strategically transformed to become a leading paint, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer, with more than 52,000 employees in more than 70 countries. As part of its focus on local manufacture, PPG has a network of around 120 production facilities, including local sites in Clayton, Victoria; Villawood, New South Wales; and Auckland, New Zealand.