PITTSBURGH – PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has opened the Shmaze Color Design Studio sponsored by PPG Trendcast. The facility, near Irvine, CA, is devoted to helping manufacturers and industrial designers accelerate color design and prototype development.
“This new facility enables manufacturers and industrial designers from around the world to come into our workshop and walk out with production-ready parts and coatings that can run almost anywhere in the world,” said Richard Zoulek, PPG General Manager for Strategic Markets. “For design-intensive organizations like consumer-electronics companies, that process can take three-to-six months due to logistical challenges. When you work with PPG, it can be reduced to days.”
Michael Shamassian, Principal of the Shmaze Color Design Studio, said the facility’s core mission is problem solving. “We have a full-service production line with robots, tooling, molders and other equipment that enables us to work through production and quality issues in real time, and to prove the viability of a coating in a matter of hours or days.”
The Shmaze Color Design Studio was created to serve manufacturers and industrial designers in industries such as consumer electronics, automotive parts and accessories, beauty products, appliances, sports and recreation equipment, and aerospace.