Portland, Oregon-PPG Industries is opening a painting services facility in Pingshan, near Shenzhen in southern China, which is expected to begin operation in April. The facility will enable PPG to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of its Vivaflex colour system for designers and manufacturers of athletic footwear, the company said, in a 7 March release.
"The Vivaflex colour system provides an exciting palette of colors and finishes that lend a uniform appearance when applied to most flexible materials used in athletic footwear, such as synthetic leather, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), polyurethane (PU) and thermoplastic urethane (TPU)," said Gary Long, PPG director of coating services, in the announcement.
The centre is PPG's first for its colour system, and will also "serve as a showcase of our coatings expertise for the athletic footwear industry," Long added. The facility will offer masking capabilities and be able to coat design and sales samples as well as production quantities. Long said PPG aims to work with customers in the region to reduce cycle time and costs associated with small-quantity orders, and to provide enhanced order flexibility. (EPW) "