PPG expands packaging coatings manufacturing capacity at Oak Creek plant in US

4 April 2017 (Last Updated April 4th, 2017 18:30)

US-based PPG has completed the expansion of its existing packaging coatings manufacturing capability at the company’s plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

US-based PPG has completed the expansion of its existing packaging coatings manufacturing capability at the company’s plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

As part of the $3m expansion, a new 3,300ft² facility has been added to produce food can coatings.

Certified by independent institutes, PPG’s new food can coatings are designed to help canmakers and brand-owners meet increasing food-contact regulatory requirements.

The food-contact compliant coatings also meet both the North American and European regulatory requirements.

“This expansion significantly increases our packaging coatings manufacturing capability in the US, enabling us to meet growing demand for our industry-leading food-can coatings."

PPG’s new facility at the Oak Creek site will enable the company to produce specialised solutions to meet new food-contact requirements and market demands.

PPG packaging coatings vice-president Ken West said: “This expansion significantly increases our packaging coatings manufacturing capability in the US, enabling us to meet growing demand for our industry-leading food-can coatings.

“This investment shows PPG’s continuing commitment to the packaging industry, and it strengthens our ability to meet emerging customer requirements for innovative technological solutions.”

The company currently provides a bisphenol A non-intent (BPA-NI, or with no BPA intentionally added) system including Nutrishield brand of products for coating various types of cans and metal containers.

Earlier last month, PPG completed a $19m investment to add new high-performance waterborne and high-solids coatings production line at its Wuhu facility in Anhui province, China.

The new line will improve the production and service capabilities of PPG’s automotive coatings business for customers in China