PPG Industries: Bringing innovation to the surface


PPG earns awards for innovative multi-surface waterproofer in a pouch, 3D printing technologies

Monday, November 26, 2018 4:18 pm EST


"The R&D 100 awards are one of the most sought-after recognitions for R&D innovation, and PPG is proud to be acknowledged by the global research and development community for its advancements in coatings technologies"

PITTSBURGH, November 26, 2018 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced that its OLYMPIC® SmartGuard sealer and Ambient Reactive Extrusion additive manufacturing process technologies have earned 2018 R&D® 100 awards in the Mechanical Devices/Materials and Processing/Prototyping categories.

“The R&D 100 awards are one of the most sought-after recognitions for R&D innovation, and PPG is proud to be acknowledged by the global research and development community for its advancements in coatings technologies,” said David Bem, PPG vice president, science and technology, and chief technology officer. “PPG continues to manufacture market-leading innovations through world-class R&D capabilities, which help our customers improve productivity, are easy to use and deliver exceptional results.”

The award-winning products include:

Olympic SmartGuard multi-surface waterproof sealer

A first-of-its-kind in North America, Olympic SmartGuard is a concentrated clear multi-surface waterproofer in a pouch formulated for easy use and spray application. Available on HomeDepot.com, the product dries in as little as one hour, and a single pouch can cover as much as two gallons of traditional waterproofing products.

Ambient Reactive Extrusion additive manufacturing for 3D printing

Co-developed with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ambient Reactive Extrusion delivers 3D printing up to 100 times faster than traditional 3D printing. With Ambient Reactive Extrusion, a wide range of material properties can be included in one print, and the chemical bond that forms between print layers provides unprecedented part strength.

PPG’s AERO™ LIGHT & EASY™ lightweight paint available in Europe and Low Temperature Cure (LTC) coating system developed for Ferrari were also nominated as finalists in the R&D 100 Mechanical Devices/Materials category.

The R&D 100 Awards Committee and R&D Magazine honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year with the R&D 100 Awards. PPG has won 26 R&D 100 Awards through the years.

In 2017, 32 percent of PPG’s total sales were from sustainable-advantaged products and processes, such as these award-winning technologies. PPG’s goal is to achieve 40 percent sales from products and processes that have improved sustainability over products being replaced by 2025. Additional information is available in the company’s Sustainability Report.


About the R&D 100 Awards

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program has identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market and celebrated the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items and high-energy physics spanning industry, academia and government-sponsored research.

About R&D Magazine

Since its founding in 1959 as Industrial Research, R&D Magazine (www.rdmag.com) has served research scientists, engineers, and technical staff at laboratories around the world, providing timely, informative news and useful technical articles that broaden readers’ knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work. R&D Magazine is a publication of the Advantage Business Media Science Group, with sister brands including Laboratory Equipment, Bioscience Technology, Drug Discovery & Development, Laboratory Design, Scientific Computing, and Controlled Environments.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.7 billion in 2017. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

OLYMPIC is a registered trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

LIGHT & EASY is a trademark of PPG AC – France.

AERO is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.

R&D is a registered trademark of Advantage Business Media LLC

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