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2019 Sustainability Report

Strategic Milestones

2019 acquisitions, achievements, appointments, innovations and investments

Strategic Milestones

February 19

February 19

Announced a $10 million investment in a new 82,000-square-foot facility and paint line at PPG’s Greenville, South Carolina, coatings services facility. 

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March 1

March 1

Announced the completed acquisition of Whitford Worldwide Company, a global manufacturer that specializes in low-friction coatings for industrial applications.

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April 17

April 17

Announced the completed acquisition of Hemmelrath, a global manufacturer of coatings for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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April 18

April 18

Cathy R. Smith, chief financial and administrative officer, Bright Health Inc., and former executive vice president and chief financial officer, Target Corporation, and Steven A. Davis, former chairman and chief executive officer, Bob Evans Farms, Inc., joined PPG’s board of directors.

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April 29

April 29

Opened a new $8.8 million distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico, that enables 24-hour order fulfillment to PPG COMEX® stores.

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May 22

May 22

Opened a new, nearly 450,000-squarefoot (41,800-square-meter) facility in Flower Mound, Texas – the largest distribution center for architectural paints and coatings in our U.S. and Canadian network. 

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May 23

Launched Paints with Purpose, a global marketing campaign that showcases the many unexpected and functional applications of next-generation paint and coatings technologies. 

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May 31

May 31

PPG’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program received the 2019 GOLD Halo Award in the Employee Engagement Group Volunteering category from Engage for Good. The Halo Awards are among North America’s highest honors for corporate social initiatives and cause marketing, showcasing successful consumer engagement and employee engagement efforts. 

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July 22

Launched MOONWALK™, an automated paint mixing system to bring a new level of speed, precision, quality and color consistency to the automotive body shop mixing process. 

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August 8

August 8

Announced a $15 million investment in a new 38,750-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) application support center at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore – our largest investment to-date in Southeast Asia. 

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August 14

August 14

Announced the completed acquisition of Dexmet Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty materials for surfaces in aerospace, automotive and industrial applications. 

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August 29

August 29

Held PPG’s second annual Innovation Summit in Switzerland, highlighting our latest global innovations in coatings technology. 

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October 1

October 1

Tim Knavish and Rebecca Liebert were appointed executive vice president and joined the company’s Executive Committee.

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October 1

Announced National Hockey League (NHL) game pucks in the 2019-2020 season will include a color-changing thermochromic coating, developed closely with PPG suppliers LCR Hallcrest and QCR Solutions Corporation.

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October 30

October 30

Completed an investment in our Cleveland, Ohio, automotive OEM R&D facility, focused on developing and testing structural adhesives, sealants and related products for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles. PPG scientists will also 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. 

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November 22

November 22

Announced the completed acquisition of Texstars, LLC, a manufacturer of high-performance transparencies, wingtip lenses and plastic components for aerospace and defense vehicles, and a leader in advanced transparent coatings.

December 16

December 16

Completed a $15.5 million investment in our aerospace research and technology center in Burbank, California. 

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