AMSTERDAM – PPG is marking 300 years of operations in the Netherlands and the anniversary of the SIGMA COATINGS™ brand by PPG, one of the leading architectural coatings brands in Europe. The anniversary celebrations began in April 6, which is Dutch National Painters’ Day, with PPG staff visiting thousands of painters across the country to personally thank them for their work.

Today, PPG has six sites and 61 stores in the Netherlands and employs 1,200 people. The company offers a portfolio of leading architectural coatings brands in the country, including Sigma Coatings products by PPG, HISTOR™ coatings by PPG and RAMBO™ coatings by PPG. The Sigma Coatings brand by PPG is available in 13 countries across Europe and the Middle East.

“We are pleased to celebrate such a proud history of paints and coatings innovation in the Netherlands,” said Justus Tichelman, PPG General Manager, Benelux Trade, Architectural Coatings. “What started with grinding pigments in a windmill is now a core part of PPG and a key contributor to our purpose of protecting and beautifying the world.”

In 1722, Jan Pieterszoon Schoen set up a windmill in Westzaan, the Netherlands, to grind pigments for local painters. The company he founded, Pieter Schoen & Sons, later moved into paint manufacturing. It was one of three companies that merged in 1972 to form Sigma Coatings, marking the start of the Sigma Coatings brand. The company further expanded to become SigmaKalon, which PPG acquired in 2008.

“Schoen laid the foundation for a company that has truly stood the test of time,” said Tichelman. “His company was one of the first to offer pigments and dyes commercially for paint makers and evolved to become one of the first international paint companies. It thrived with a focus on continuously responding to customers’ needs and changing market conditions – something that remains a core value for PPG.”

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