TROY, Mich. -- PPG Industries has announced the launch
of a new, environmentally-responsible automotive pretreatment technology
at CAMI Automotive's production facility in Ingersoll, Ont., Canada. CAMI,
an independently incorporated joint venture of Suzuki Motor Corporation
and General Motors of Canada Ltd., began processing vehicles with Zircobond
pretreatment in early January and moved to full-scale production Jan.14.
Metal pretreatment cleans and provides corrosion protection to automotive
body surfaces. However, traditional zinc-phosphate pretreatment processes
generate sludge containing heavy metals such as nickel, zinc and manganese,
making them subject to environmental regulations.
As a result, PPG has devloped Zircobond pretreatment, an alternative
pretreatment based on zirconium chemistry and a proprietary blend of additives.
Zircobond pretreatment cuts sludge byproduct from the pretreatment process
by at least 80 percent compared to zinc-phosphate-based products, and
it can be used in existing pretreatment lines.
Additionally, estimates shows that facilities using Zircobond pretreatment
can realize annual savings of up to several hundred thousand dollars on
energy, maintenance and labor costs. Savings potential is even greater
in greenfield applications, where fewer process stages could generate
as much as several million dollars in savings on new facility capital
The commercial launch of Zircobond pretreatment is a significant step
for PPG, CAMI and an automotive industry striving to be more 'green'.
According to GM global process pretreatment lead Kevin Cunningham, "Continued
leadership in the use of environmentally-friendly technologies is imperative
at General Motors. PPG has developed an innovative pretreatment coating
material that offers advantages including energy savings, water conservation
and a smaller footprint. GM is aggressively pursuing global implementation
opportunities, and we are pleased to partner with PPG in the development
of new Zircobond pretreatment technology."
According to Robert L. White, PPG global director of SPS product management
for substrate protection systems, "In Zircobond pretreatment, PPG
has created an environmentally-responsible solution that addresses regulatory
concerns and delivers economic incentives to pretreatment customers while
continuing to meet the automotive industry's stringent coatings performance
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals,
optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company
has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates
in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock
Exchange (symbol: PPG).
Source: PPG Industries