PPG to Debut New Color Series For Metal Coatings at METALCON 2019

PPG announced that it will unveil a new series of colors for its PPG DURANAR MXL and PPG DURABRITE metal coatings at METALCON 2019 in Pittsburgh and also serve as one of the event’s two premier sponsors. According to the company, the new Mineral Series color line offers architects new design options that blend seamlessly into urban landscapes with semi-transparent earth tones that subtly shimmer when exposed to sunlight. 

“We are honored to have METALCON in our backyard this year and really wanted to use the platform to showcase our company’s heritage as an innovator in a city that thrives on innovation,” said Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings. “By developing the Mineral Series, we are giving architects and designers a new palette to change what is possible in building design. The new colors provide on-trend visual appeal without sacrificing durability or corrosion performance. It’s a win-win.”

PPG also will highlight its PPG Durastar and PPG Duraform coatings at the show. Designed to meet American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2604 specifications for light metal construction, PPG Durastar coatings are formulated with an advanced silicon-polyester blend to cost-effectively enhance the beauty of architectural metal. PPG Duraform coatings are based on next-generation polyester resins developed by PPG and are engineered to meet AAMA 2603 performance specifications for light residential construction and building products.  

Outside of the booth, PPG will sponsor the “Finding Strength in Teamwork & Diversity” keynote address by former Pittsburgh Penguins player and NHL legend Bryan Trottier on October 16 at 11 a.m. in the PPG Theater. In discussing his personal and professional journey, Trottier will share his thoughts on the importance of leadership, the uniqueness and strength of teams, and the benefits of diverse thinking, perspectives and experience in an organization.

Established in 1991, METALCON is the largest international event in the metal construction industry. It is the only annual tradeshow and conference devoted entirely to the application of metal in industrial, institutional, light commercial and residential projects. This year’s event will be held October 16-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, which is a LEED Platinum-certified building that features PPG coatings throughout its interior and exterior. 

For more information, visit PPG at booth 1037 at METALCON 2019 or visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

PPG Honored With Three Chairman’s Awards From Metal Construction Association

PPG announced that it received three 2018 Chairman’s Awards – including the top honor – from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) during the organization’s winter meeting in Key Largo, Florida. PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized with awards.

PPG received the highest honor for the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, which earned the Chairman’s Award for Overall Excellence. Located on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, the building features a metal-panel rainscreen finished with iridescent PPG Duranar VARI-COOL coatings. The rainscreen serves as a protective insulating barrier as well as a color-shifting wall of art for the 160,000-square-foot structure.

Fabricated by A. Zahner Company of Kansas City, Missouri, using the company’s proprietary louvered ZIRA system, the rainscreen features more than 335,000 perforated circular tabs, with each programmed to function as an individual pixel. Together with PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, the tabs enable the rainscreen to depict the New York City skyline and the gorges of Ithaca, New York, which is home to Cornell University’s main campus.

MCA member Precoat Metals of St. Louis, Missouri, coated the metal along with W&W Glass and Island Exterior Fabricators of New York. Morphosis Architects of New York was the building’s designer. 

In the Education – Colleges and Universities category, PPG was recognized as the coating manufacturer for the Austin Community College Campus Center in Leander, Texas. Pittsburgh-based Centria, an MCA member, produced and coated the panels.  

PPG was also heralded as the coating manufacturer for the IBEW Local 134 Headquarters/Union Hall in Chicago, which earned the Chairman’s Award in the Commercial/Industrial category. The project’s wall panels were supplied by 3A Composites in Mooresville, North Carolina, and fabricated by Sobotec in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Both companies are MCA members. 

“The Chairman’s Awards reinforce PPG’s legacy of leadership and innovation in the architectural metal coatings industry,” said Rodolfo Ramirez, PPG director of sales and strategic segments for North America, industrial coatings. “All three of these projects highlight our ability to work with architects, specifiers, designers and applicators to create innovative metal coatings solutions for their projects. These awards are among the most coveted in our industry, and I am proud that PPG was the only coatings manufacturer recognized during this year’s ceremony.”

Introduced in 1967 as of one of the industry’s first high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components, PPG Duranar coatings have provided color and protection for many of the world’s most recognized landmarks for more than 50 years.

PPG has continually refined the technology to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. PPG Duranar VARI-Cool coatings, which are featured on the Bloomberg Center, are a recent example. These coatings combine pearlescent color-changing pigments with proprietary PPG ULTRA-COOL® infrared coatings technology to deflect heat away from buildings to keep them cooler.

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com and www.ppg.com.

Landmark Venue Renovated with PPG Coating Wins MCA Chairman’s Award

PPG announced that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, which features PPG DURABRITE coating, has won a Chairman’s Award for design excellence from the Metal Construction Association (MCA).

Built in 1972 and once home to the NHL’s New York Islanders and the NBA’s New York Nets, the 416,000 square-foot arena is newly wrapped in a futuristic metal shell composed of 4,700 individually folded and routed brushed aluminum fins enhanced by PPG Durabrite clear fluoropolymer coating.

Based on high-performance fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins, PPG Durabrite coating is a direct-to-metal product specially formulated to extend and enrich the beauty of architectural metals by protecting them with a resilient, transparent clearcoat.

The aluminum fins were fabricated by Sobotec Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, using 225,000 square feet of 4-millimeter ALUCOBOND PLUS aluminum composite material from 3A Composite USA in Davidson, North Carolina.

The fins are anchored to the structure’s original concrete exterior via a custom-engineered structural attachment system by Sobotec. Using that system, Crown Corr, Inc., of Gary, Indiana, fitted the Alucobond fins into pre-fabricated metal frames and attached them to the building, which was painted black to emphasize the muted glow of the brushed aluminum.

MCA judge Mark Dewalt said he appreciated the unique approach ShoP Architects and developer Forest City Ratner took to revive the building, which likely would have been torn down if not for the firms’ innovative design solution.

“I thought it was a pretty interesting recladding – [a metal] screen wrapped around the existing building,” he explained. “It’s very dynamic, creating a lot of movement. It’s like a giant slinky.”

The annual Chairman’s Awards recognize exceptional building projects involving MCA members. The awards are based on overall appearance, the significance of metal in the project, innovative use of metal and the role of metal in achieving project objectives.

For more information, visit www.ppgmetalcoatings.com.

PPG Brochure Highlights 50 Years of Duranar Coatings for Metal Building Components

PPG has published “The Gold Standard in Architectural Metal Coatings: Celebrating 50 Years of DURANAR Coatings,” a 16-page brochure commemorating the 1967 introduction of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.
 
According to Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, the booklet illustrates the historical significance of Duranar coatings.
 
“Our PVDF coating was a product that enabled architects to design metal components and facades with color,” he explains. “Until we introduced Duranar coatings, anodized aluminum was virtually the only metallic option to provide long-term performance on monumental buildings. It wasn’t until Duranar coatings were specified for several major projects that architects and building owners felt comfortable considering color finishes as a design option for metal.”
 
Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance some of the world’s most recognized architectural landmarks. Buildings profiled in the brochure include the Empire State Building in New York, Shanghai Tower in China, The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, and Centre Videotron in Quebec City.
 
Other prominent landmarks finished with Duranar coatings include One World Trade Center in New York; Shanghai World Financial Center in China; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
 
The brochure is organized by building type—skyscrapers, landmarks, convention centers, transportation facilities, libraries and sports venues. Each building profile includes photographs, location, approximate opening date, the selected Duranar coatings color and the architect’s name.
 
In addition to publishing the brochure, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year and offer special customer promotions and giveaways. A dedicated web portal, duranar50.com, features images and descriptions of other landmark buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and additional educational materials.
 
To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings or to download a copy of the 50th anniversary brochure, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.
 

PPG Celebrates Anniversary of PVDF Coatings

PPG has announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of DURANAR coatings throughout 2017, commemorating the introduction in 1967 of the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.

Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance architectural landmarks, such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, Shanghai World Financial Center in China, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

PPG has refined Duranar coatings since its introduction to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. Advances have included adding metallic flakes and other effects for appearance options; incorporating ULTRA-COOL infrared-reflective pigments to help reduce building-cooling loads; and formulating Duranar powder coatings, which earned PPG a R&D 100 Award recognizing the coatings’ ability to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and economize production of custom-colored powder coatings.

Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, said Duranar coatings have been popular with architects and building owners for their blend of aesthetics, reliability and performance. “Duranar coatings can be formulated to provide a range of colors and effects, giving architects an unlimited design palette,” he says. “They also feature a chemistry developed and refined by PPG that has delivered decades of color retention and chalk and chemical resistance, even in seacoast and industrial environments.”

Duranar coatings are formulated with PPG resins and pigments in combination with standard KYNAR 500 or HYLAR 5000 PVDF resins. In fact, PPG helped popularize and improve PVDF coatings technology by licensing Kynar 500 resin, which was originally commercialized by Pennwalt Corp. in the mid-1960s. PPG remains the original and continuous licensee of this PVDF resin, which has become an industry standard.

PPG’s formulation for Duranar coatings creates molecular bonds that render the material almost impervious to the effects of continuous ultraviolet (UV) exposure, as well as other environmental and atmospheric hazards such as salt air, humidity, high temperatures and acid rain. In fact, many of the original trial panels coated with Duranar products PPG developed 50 years ago are still enduring exposure testing in South Florida.

As part of the anniversary celebration, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year, offering customer promotions and giveaways. PPG also will introduce a web portal featuring images and descriptions of buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and other educational materials.

To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.

Work Glove Provides Cut Protection and Slip-Resistance

The SmartCut BKCR404 glove is designed with high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber thread blend to ensure dexterity and tactile sensitivity.

The SmartCut BKCR404 glove is designed with high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber thread blend to ensure dexterity and tactile sensitivity.

When the job calls for cut protection, slip-resistance, and surface protection, the Brass Knuckle SmartCut BKCR404 is the glove to use. This glove is ideal for handling finer-surfaces and finished goods, like glass, polished metals, painted or powder coat surfaces, ceramics and more.

BKCR404 is designed with high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber thread blend to ensure dexterity and tactile sensitivity. This HDPE knit fiber provides ANSI cut level 4 protection without bulk. The polyurethane coating over palms and fingers is pliable, enhancing dry grip. When compared to nitrile and latex coatings, polyurethane offers a high level of dexterity and improves ergonomics.

The coating on the BKCR404 leaves minimal marking (residue)—even on glass, metal or other fine finishes. The BKCR404 is approved by PPG on its low emissivity (or low-e glass coated) products due to minimal marking and easy clean up.

Fit is a part of comfort, affecting both productivity and wearer compliance. These gloves reflect Brass Knuckle’s fit, form and function development methodology, wherein stitching, yarn combinations and coatings each account for the natural curvature of the hand and flex points.

Steelscape Now Offers Graffiti-resistant Coatings from PPG

PPG Industries’ building products group announced Steelscape is now offering metallic-coated and pre-painted steel with DURANAR GR (graffiti-resistant) and CORAFLON GR coatings.

Duranar GR and Coraflon GR three-coat systems feature a primer and color coat topped with a graffiti-resistant clearcoat that can be cleaned with DURAPREP Prep 400 graffiti remover by PPG. If the Steelscape steel is spray-painted, graffiti can be eliminated by applying the graffiti remover directly to the stain, allowing it to sit for 10 to 60 seconds, then wiping it with a clean cloth or scrubbing it with a nylon brush. Most stains can be removed in 10 minutes or less.

When applied on either Duranar GR or Coraflon GR clear coatings, Duraprep Prep 400 field-applied graffiti remover also can eradicate paint overspray, pen and marker ink, lipstick, scuff marks, tape residue, bugs, tar and many other substances that mar the appearance of steel building panels.

Duranar GR coatings are available in a variety of low and medium glosses; Coraflon GR coatings are for high-gloss finishes.

PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder Available in Downloadable Format

PPG Industries’ coil and building products coatings group announced that its Architectural Metal Coatings binder is now available online in a digital, downloadable format.

The digital binder features fully updated catalogs, product brochures and data sheets for PPG’s entire roster of PPG liquid coil coatings such as DURANAR and CORAFLON fluoropolymer and DURASTAR polyester coatings, and liquid and powder extrusion coatings such as Duranar and Coraflon fluoropolymer and ENVIROCRON polyester coatings.

The binder also contains PPG color guides, technical documents, white papers and case studies, along with sourcing information for PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM group participants and PPG-approved extrusion applicators and coil coaters.

Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said that the new digital binder demonstrates PPG’s commitment to “green” building and design, and it will complement PPG’s growing array of online tools, including a newly enhanced searchable project gallery.

“PPG is committed to sustainable business practices. This new digital binder shows that commitment while giving architects, specifiers, coaters and applicators access to the latest product information from PPG, even when they are on the go,” she said. Visit www.ppgideascapes.com to preview the digital PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder or call (888) PPG-IDEA (774-4332) for more information about PPG coil and building products coatings.

PPG Publishes Info about Water-based ENVIRON MCL Coatings

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has published an informational guide about ENVIRON MCL coatings, an environmentally friendly, water-based coating for application on metallic coating lines over GALVALUME coated sheet steel and hot-dipped galvanized metal.

Environ MCL products provide a permanent coating that is superior to temporary anti-fingerprint coatings available on the market and extends the life of buildings by offering lasting aesthetics with enhanced solar reflectance (SR), ultraviolet (UV) protection and corrosion resistance. Available as a clearcoat or in a selection of colors, Environ MCL coatings have a minimum SR capability of 70, which enables them to reduce energy costs and improve comfort in metal building structures.

The guide includes performance specifications with data for dry film thickness, post-cure pencil hardness, solar reflectance, salt-spray and humidity resistance, accelerated weathering, and outdoor exposure.

As a water-based product with low VOC (volatile organic compound) content, Environ MCL coatings protect the environment by encapsulating zinc from the metal substrate to eliminate toxic runoff into the water supply. The coatings also can be applied on mill coatings lines, which can reduce costs by eliminating the need to send metal to a coil coater for processing.

Typical exterior applications for Environ MCL coatings include metal roofing, agricultural buildings, and shade and shelter structures. The coatings are also suitable for interior uses such as ceiling grids, structural steel, linear panels and roof decking.

PPG to Reintroduce DURANAR ADS Coatings

PPG Industries‘ coil and building products coatings group announced that it will reintroduce DURANAR ADS (air-dried system) fluoropolymer coatings this summer, three years after the products were withdrawn from the market.

This next-generation line of Duranar ADS coatings, based on a newly-formulated fluorinated copolymer resin combined with PPG proprietary chemistry, is designed to repair fluoropolymer coatings on architectural metals damaged during production or after field installation. In addition, these high-performance coatings can provide a wide range of color options for manufacturers and contractors in solid, metallic, pearlescent and infrared-reflective (IR-reflective) pigment technologies.

Brian Knapp, PPG manager, coil and building products coatings, said the reformulated products will fill a specific demand that has been unmet since first-generation Duranar ADS coatings were discontinued. “Other than acrylic lacquers, which are not very durable, there has not been a user-friendly product available for touching up fluoropolymer coatings on products such as window frames, door frames, roofs and metal wall panels marred during fabrication or installation,” he explained.

Because of its single-component formulation, Duranar ADS coating has the flexibility to be applied by fingernail brush for small touch-ups at the end of a production line or to be spray-applied in the field to repair or refurbish weathered metal roofing or siding panels.