The upgrades to the facility include new structural adhesives and waterborne LASD (liquid applied sound damper) manufacturing cells, improved laboratory and testing space, upgraded equipment to simulate automotive body shop conditions, and improved technical capabilities. This facility enhances the link between PPG’s R&D efforts and customer needs with integrated services and increased resources.
“As the automotive industry goes through rapid changes, we’re innovating to support our clients beyond manufacturing and product development,” said Gary Danowski, PPG VP, Automotive Coatings.
The investment at PPG’s automotive adhesives and sealants center showcases the following improvements:
- Application Centre of Development trial areas have been upgraded to recreate the factory line conditions of customers’ paint and body shops more accurately with state-of-the-art robots, sophisticated dispense systems, flow meters and regulation equipment;
- The facility’s updated equipment reduces the number of steps between laboratory formulations and manufacturing batches before trials at customer facilities;
- A dedicated PPG team now guides customers through product development stages and the transition into customer manufacturing, which shows customers efficient processes that minimize time and cost;
- The improvements allow the Saint-Just-en-Chaussée facility to produce all of PPG’s A&S technologies
Saint-Just-en-Chaussée is PPG’s leading automotive adhesives and sealants facility in Europe and has been in operation for over 30 years.