PPG has announced that two of its electrocoat (e-coat) technologies have earned 2016 R&D 100 Awards in the mechanical/materials category. Enviro-Prime EPIC automotive electrocoat (e-coat) featuring a patented organic catalyst and AEROCRON 2100 aerospace e-coat primer have been named among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year, according to judges for the 54th annual awards.
Also, in just the second year for the R&D 100 Special Recognition Awards, PPG earned a Silver Award in the Green Tech category for its development of Enviro-Prime EPIC e-coat with an organic catalyst.
In addition, DESOTHANE solar heat management coatings technology by PPG was named among 2016 R&D 100 Awards finalists, but it was not selected among the top 100 technologies.
PPG introduced e-coat products and processes commercially for use in automotive production more than 50 years ago. Today, PPG continues to pioneer new e-coat technologies, as nearly every commercial automotive manufacturer and many parts and appliance makers use e-coat technology to protect metal from corrosion and to serve as a primer layer for decorative coatings.
“PPG is proud to earn this recognition from the global research and development community for creating breakthrough sustainable coatings technologies,” said David Bem, PPG vice president, science and technology, and chief technology officer. “Our team works with customers every day to help solve their challenges through innovation. Whether we are finding ways to increase corrosion resistance, durability and sustainability of their products and processes, or to decrease their manufacturing costs, these technologies show how PPG delivers inventive paint, coatings and materials solutions that our customers trust.”
In 2016, PPG set a goal of having sustainable products and processes such as e-coatings comprise 40 percent of its total sales by 2020.