PPG recently announced that Kingspan-Benchmark and ALCOA Architectural Products have joined the new PPG Certified Metal Panel Program (PPG/CMPP). Administered by the PPG coil and extrusion coatings group, PPG/CMPP is a certification program that gives architects a direct channel to a group of metal panel manufacturers certified by PPG to apply high-performance Duranar, Duranar ULTRA-Cool and Coraflon fluoropolymer coatings to metal building components and/or to specify, design, fabricate and/or install aluminum components pre-painted with these coatings. As part of the program, PPG also audits the coating lines operated by PPG/CMPP members and/or their toll coaters. This rigorous process examines every aspect of the metal panel coatings process, from the cleaning and pretreating of the metal substrate to the actual application of the coating. The audit also specifies paint application parameters and cure schedules, and how finished products should be handled, packed and shipped. There’s also a continuous training and education component.