WUHU, China – PPG Industries has celebrated the opening of its new automotive coatings plant in Wuhu, China. Charles E. Bunch, PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Yin Tongyue, Chairman and General Manager of Chery Automotive, were present, along with senior government officials from Anhui province and Wuhu city.

PPG Coatings (Wuhu) Co., Ltd. will primarily serve the local market. “One of the major reasons to invest in a new plant in Wuhu is to better support one of our key customers, Chery Automotive,” said Viktor Sekmakas, President, PPG Asia/Pacific. “We want to help our customers reduce costs, and building a plant close to Chery helps to shorten lead time and increase efficiencies. In addition, this plant will enable us to better support the market in Southern China.”

PPG was one of the first global coatings companies to invest in China in the 1980s. The company produces automotive coatings in China for customers such as General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen, Chery and Hainan Mazda.