PPG to expand coatings manufacturing capacity for packaging applications

PPG has announced an expansion of its coatings manufacturing capacity in Europe for packaging applications. The investments at sites in The Netherlands and Poland are intended to support growing customer demand in the region for coatings for aluminum and steel cans used in packaging for beverage, food and personal care items. 

A beverage can.
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The projects include a further expansion of the company’s location in Tiel, The Netherlands, which will increase the plant’s production capacity for non-BPA internal coatings for beverage cans by 30%. Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the project follows a 50% expansion completed at the end of 2020. The Tiel plant also will double its production capacity for external coatings that are used for the exterior of metal cans for beverage and personal care packaging. That project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Non-BPA, internal, food can coatings

PPG also will double capacity at its Cieszyn, Poland, plant to support the growth of non-BPA, internal, food can coatings. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2021.

These latest investments follow a project completed last year to expand packaging coatings capacity at the company’s Bodelshausen, Germany site. That project doubled production capacity for white lacquers that are used on the external surface of personal care and caps and closures packaging. The research and development (R&D) facility at the site has also been expanded and now represents the company’s European R&D packaging center of excellence. Its official inauguration will be later this year.

Financial details related to the expansions were not disclosed.

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