PPG will invest $44 million to upgrade five powder coating manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Latin America. Company officials state the move is part of an effort to expand PPG’s powder coating offerings and increase global production.

Officials explain that the investment, $30 million for U.S. plants and $14 million for facilities in Latin America, will increase overall capacity and add production capabilities for bonded metallic powders. It will also improve processing times with automated packaging and enhance capabilities to produce small, medium and large batches.

“Focusing on powder coatings is a win-win for PPG and our customers as we can offer greater access to sustainably advantaged products,” says Marizeth Carvalho, global director of industrial and powder coatings. “Powder is the fastest growing coatings technology in the world, and PPG’s goal is to lead that charge through innovation and production advancements.”

According to a PPG statement, enhancements and expansions are already completed or underway at powder production facilities in Brazil, Ind., Gainesville, Texas, Greensboro, N.C., San Juan del Rio, Mexico, and Sumaré, Brazil. PPG expects to complete these projects by the fourth quarter of 2023.