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PPG opens advanced color-matching lab

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Sept. 25, 2012—PPG Automotive Refinish has opened a new automated, technologically advanced color-matching laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio.

PPG said a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Sept. 14. The new Refinish Color Matching Laboratory is expected to be fully operational this month.

The computer-controlled, high-tech facility is a significant advancement in the science and art of automotive refinish color matching, PPG said. The laboratory addresses major challenges that automotive refinish businesses face, including the growing number of domestic and import OEM color offerings and variations. PPG said there are several variations with exterior, bumper, accent and underhood colors.

“While an OEM's color code may prescribe a particular paint formulation, the reality is the actual vehicle finish color may differ from plant to plant for any number of reasons. Consequently color variants are always needed,” PPG said.

PPG said its laboratory is equipped to produce more accurate color formulations and variants through proprietary electronic and scientific processes. A computer software program runs continuously to produce more color formulations and precise color formulas.

The laboratory also allows PPG to expand its data collection practices, analyze automotive pigments and explore applicable color formulation opportunities as they occur, the company said.

"The new laboratory is a reflection of our promise to PPG customers to provide the most effective and accurate color-matching tools," said Mary Kimbro, global color director for PPG. "As leaders in the industry, we are always looking for innovative ways to enhance the color formulation process and ensure that our customers have the support and benefit of the most up-to-date color technology."

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