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PPG launches giant paint plant, r&d center

U.S. supplier PPG Industries has opened an r&d center and factory in Tianjin to develop and produce waterborne paints and coatings.

The factory, PPG Coatings Tianjin Co., is the parent company's largest paint plant in the world.

The r&d facility, located in northeast China, will help automakers meet new Chinese regulations that require all automotive base coats and top coats to be waterborne, the company said in a statement.

Those regulations will boost the percentage of new vehicles with waterborne coatings from 40 percent to 60 percent in the next five years, predicts Vincent Robin, PPG Asia's vice president of automotive coatings.

The company also owns and operates a paint plant in Wuhu and a resin plant in Zhangjiagang, both located in eastern China.

PPG, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, had global sales last year of $15.2 billion (94 billion yuan).

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