PPG To Invest US$300 Million In North American Manufacturing

PPG will invest US$300 million in advanced manufacturing in North America to support increased demand for paints and coatings in the automotive industry. The investments will begin in 2024 and continue for four years.

As part of the initiative, PPG will build a new paint and coatings manufacturing plant in Loudon County, Tennessee. The 250,000-square-foot (23,225-square-metre) facility, PPG’s first new manufacturing plant to be built in the US in more than 15 years, will initially produce paint and coatings products and solutions for vehicle manufacturers and automotive parts suppliers. PPG said the facility could eventually supply other industrial segments including transportation, heavy duty equipment, building and construction, and consumer products.

Once fully operational, the facility will employ approximately 130 full-time staff and produce more than 11 million gallons (41.6 million litres) of paint and coatings annually. Construction of the facility will begin in August 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2026.

PPG’s advanced manufacturing investments will also enhance and expand activities at existing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio and San Juan Del Rio, Mexico. The investments cover new equipment and processes that will increase manufacturing efficiencies, resulting in improved processing times, and will expand PPG’s capabilities to meet growing demand for sustainable solutions such as waterborne coatings. According to PPG, the investment is a strategic, growth-focused investment but will not change the company’s overall capital investment spending levels, which will be consistent with prior years.

“These investments continue to modernise and digitise our manufacturing capabilities, and demonstrate PPG’s continued focus on quality and service to our customers as the premier single-source coatings supplier for every vehicle surface,” said Tim Knavish, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PPG. “As we continue to see a resurgence of manufacturing in the US, PPG will leverage this new facility and our other site investments to maximise quality, improve operational efficiency, and reduce product complexity within our manufacturing footprint.”

“As the automotive industry continues to transform, we’re excited to expand our manufacturing capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our automotive customers,” said Alisha Bellezza, Senior Vice President Automotive Coatings at PPG. “The strategic location of PPG’s new facility in Tennessee also creates a more efficient and effective supply chain with close proximity to many automotive manufacturing facilities, which will further enhance the service experience for our customers.”