COLOMIERS, France – PPG Industries’ aerospace coatings group has expanded training opportunities for airline, airframe manufacturer and maintenance customers to enhance their understanding and facilitate application of aerospace coatings with the PPG Aerospace Coatings Academy. Sessions offering classroom instruction and hands-on training are being held quarterly at PPG’s Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona, Spain, Coatings Application Training Center.

According to Daniel Bencun, PPG Aerospace Coatings Segment Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), programs are designed for participants to gain comprehensive understanding of new coatings technologies that could enhance their competitive advantage.

“Aerospace coatings technologies are evolving at a fast pace, and we want our customers to be able to understand their many advantages so that they can select, purchase and apply them with confidence,” Bencun said.

The initial session for paint shop staff addressed basecoat-clearcoat exterior topcoat systems. A session in September will focus on chromate-free coatings technologies for paint shop customers, and a December session will provide purchasing, engineering and supervisory personnel with general aerospace coatings information. For 2016, four programs are planned.

PPG customers should contact their local sales representatives for more information.

“PPG has conducted similar training in the U.S. and Asia, and we are pleased to offer our customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa this opportunity,” Bencun said.