Issue: Oct 2018


PPG Announces Pioneering New Low Cure Resin for Ferrari



by Clinton Wright

Ferrari and PPG have been working collaboratively to create a new, high-tech and innovative coating range. This new low temperature paint system was developed by our Italian Plant in Quattordio, Italy in close coordination with the R&D Center in Allison Park.

We have produced 61 different basecoats in low bake technologies by combining a metallic base coat with a pigmented clear coat available in a glossy, matt, and pigmented version. This continues to uphold Ferrari’s marriage of style and sportiness.

Up until now, Ferrari has been using a water-based coat with a quick polymerization reaction and high moisture resistance to create a stronger surface layer.

This is where our team’s creativity really came into play as they worked to come up with possible solutions and push the boundaries. We immediately formulated a two-component Low Cure resin. By developing a new resin hardener which incorporates Low Cure temp 2K clear coats, the chemical and mechanical resistance performance has been improved. It also enabled higher polishing endurance performance. We are extremely pleased with this innovative development due to its highly sustainable technology, which lowers energy costs.

Adding a specially formulated 2K clear coat cross linker to the resin, allowed an increase in chemical hydrophobicity and decreased water permeability. It is now possible for the car to be baked at 100 degrees instead of 150 degrees, reducing energy costs.

Outstanding Advantages

This Low Cure process has fantastic new benefits, which include:

  • Introduction of multi-substrates in Ferrari future models (Carbon Fiber)
  • Greater sustainability by using a low energy process for powdered basecoats, clear coats and primers
  • Lowered production costs and increased environmental saving
  • Simplified color harmony if both body and bumpers are painted with the same products

“This is a new process for PPG and for Ferrari. We are at the beginning of what is going to be a revolution in the Automotive Coatings. We are very proud to have launched this new innovative and sustainable technology for our customer,“ explains Rudi Saporiti, Global Automotive Director FCA & Auto Market.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD

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



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