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PPG: Great Paint Jobs, Inside and Out

Whether the challenge is reducing emissions, enabling increased use of lightweight materials and mixed metals, ensuring precise color match or cutting energy costs and resource consumption, the PPG Automotive OEM organization is listening, innovating and delivering solutions that drive success. This is especially true when it comes to coatings being used in electric vehicles. “Paint gets a bad rap!” exclaimed Calum Munro, PPG Senior Scientist for Battery Technology. “We look at the expression ‘watching paint dry’ as a negative thing. In my mind, it solves a lot of problems.” Munro, who has been a Tesla owner for five years, said the shifts occurring in the electric vehicle market are very exciting. He noted that electric vehicle batteries are highly dependent on specialized paints to be efficient and powerful. The inside of an electric vehicle battery has 20 times more surface area to be painted than the shiny exterior of our Model S, said Munro. And that requires 35 percent more volume of material. Whether a car is electric or internal combustion, PPG offers innovation every step of the way. PPG is a recognized leader in structural adhesives, enabling vehicle OEMs to achieve significant cost and weight savings while increasing the strength and rigidity of Uni-body and Body on Frame construction. PPG supplies a full line of highly engineered adhesion promoters, primers, monocoats, basecoats and clearcoats designed for the global automotive market. Once a car is built, PPG uses Versabond, the next generation of zinc phosphate technology, to support industry trends such as lightweighting, movements to reduce applied costs in the pretreatment system and environmental considerations. And to complete the process, PPG’s Enviro-Prime EPIC electrocoat is the eighth generation of innovative automotive electrocoat products and uses a metal-free catalyst to address environmental and conflict mineral concerns. Read more Roadtrip 2.0 Coverage Here.