PPG Execs to Discuss Coatings Technologies for Autonomous Driving

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Jan.5, 2018—Members of the PPG leadership team will participate in a panel discussing  autonomous and electric vehicle technologies during the 2018 Automobili-D exposition and conference, Jan. 14-20 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

PPG vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer, David Bem, will participate in the discussion, “Formation of the Autonomous Drive Industry” on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Bem will discuss the functional roles of coatings that will be used on interior and exterior surfaces of autonomous vehicles. Also on the panel will be Samit Ghosh, CEO and president of P3 North America; David Silver, head of self-driving car development for Udacity; and Geoffrey Wood, director of business development, North America, for Harman. The discussion will be moderated by Ed Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility.

On Thursday, Jan. 18 from 2:30-3:15 p.m., Gary Danowski, PPG vice president of automotive OEM coatings, will be one of three industry leaders participating in the “Electric Vehicle Technologies” panel discussion.

Danowski will touch on several emerging opportunities for new coatings technologies within the electric vehicle category. Joining him, Marcus Dold, CEO of, and Jörg Heuer, CEO of EcoG. The session will be moderated by Alysin Malek, co-founder and COO of May Mobility.

PPG has developed a portfolio of advanced coatings that play roles in the development and deployment of autonomous and electric vehicles. The products include exterior coatings that enhance vehicle visibility to light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems; easy-to-clean coatings that help prevent obstruction of autonomous vehicle sensors; and environmentally-sensitive cathode and anode coatings used to store and transfer energy within modern lithium ion batteries.

“PPG is playing a leading role in pioneering functional paints and coatings technologies that will help enhance the performance, safety and sustainability of autonomous and electric vehicles,” said Bem. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the ever-growing role of coatings science in the mobility market.”


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