PPG Invests in Cleveland Automotive Adhesives and Sealants R&D Facility

PPG has invested in a 2,100-square-foot automotive adhesives and sealants laboratory on the company’s existing 42-acre manufacturing and research complex in Cleveland, Ohio. The recently completed facility will focus on developing and testing structural adhesives, sealants, and related products for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles, according to the company. PPG scientists will also reportedly use the new lab to continue their development of next-generation coatings for lithium-ion battery cells, modules, and packs used in battery-electric and autonomous vehicles.

PPG stated that the new lab will include state-of-the-art equipment for testing product strength, flexibility, adhesion, and sound-dampening characteristics of PPG products used by several leading global original equipment manufacturers (OEM). The lab also creates several new high-tech chemistry and research jobs at PPG’s Cleveland facility, the company stated.

“There is a tremendous amount of science in every paint layer on a modern passenger vehicle or commercial truck,” said Gary Bennett, PPG general manager, adhesives and sealants, automotive OEM coatings. “With this impressive new facility, PPG continues to invest in advanced research and manufacturing capabilities that benefit vehicle manufacturers, battery and component suppliers and, above all, consumers.”