US-based coatings and materials manufacturer PPG has revealed plans to increase the capacity of its plant in Delaware, Ohio, for producing overvarnish coatings for beverage can exteriors.

The expansion, which includes adding capacity for producing PPG ISENSE Gloss coatings, is intended to help manufacturers meet increasing demand for beverage cans.

PPG US and Canada general manager and global strategic accounts manager for packaging coatings Todd White said: “Beverage can manufacturers around the world are facing unprecedented demand for their products.

“With this added capacity, we are committed to helping them meet that demand while adding more security to their supply chain for beverage can coatings.”

PPG currently manufactures overvarnish coatings at its facility in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The latest addition will increase the company’s total production capacity across the US by 40%.

Besides improving supply chain security, PPG will also deliver in-line analytical capabilities for enhanced batch consistency at the Delaware plant.

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The plant manufactures resins and coatings for various industries, including the packaging, industrial, automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM), automotive refinish and collision markets.

There are currently around 400 people employed at the Delaware plant.

PPG global beverage segment manager Robyn McMillan said: “PPG is the largest global supplier of overvarnish and two-piece non-bisphenol A (BPA) internal beverage coatings.

“With can makers scaling up, we’re investing in our production capacity to ensure they have localised sources of the PPG coatings that they rely on.”

Last month, PPG announced it was investing in two of its plants in the Netherlands and Poland to increase their capacities for manufacturing coatings.

The investments are intended to help the company meet increasing demand for aluminium and steel can coatings in the beverage, food and personal care sectors.