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Specialty Coatings and Materials

PPG's specialty coatings and materials is committed to product innovation, technology leadership and high performance materials for a wide range of applications and industries. Solving complex problems with unique solutions has been the legacy of PPG and improving the performance features and benefits of our customers’ products will continue to drive our customer relationships and technology innovations. PPG's specialty coatings and materials business is comprised of three core segments: silica products, PPG Teslin® substrate and optical monomers and coatings.

Silica Products

PPG pioneered the development of synthetic precipitated silica, becoming one of the first manufacturers to bring them to market in the 1930s. Today, PPG’s silica products business is a global leader in the manufacture of precipitated silica for uses, including:
  • Reinforcing fillers in tire, industrial, footwear, and silicone rubber applications;
  • Microporous fillers in battery separator applications;
  • Flatting and thickening agents in coating, adhesive, and sealant applications;
  • Anti-caking, free-flow, and carrier agents in food, feed, and industrial applications.

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PPG Teslin® Substrate

Teslin® high-performance synthetic paper is the proven choice for durable applications enabling differentiated solutions for a variety of applications. Teslin® substrate excels for laminated print projects and other applications demanding a tough, high-performance material.
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Optical Monomers and Coatings

PPG is a leading producer of optical grade monomers and coatings used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses. For more than six decades, lens wearers have relied on PPG’s value lens material—CR-39® monomer—for outstanding optical quality and durability at a low price. Additionally, PPG's TRIVEX® and Tribrid™ lens materials provide the unique combination of optical quality, lightweight comfort, strength, thinness and protection. PPG’s HI-GARD® lens coating solution provides robust scratch resistance for ophthalmic lenses made from plastic materials.

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Business Headquarters

Monroeville Business and Technical Center
440 College Park Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146 USA
Tel: 800-243-6745 (Silica Products Customer Service)
Tel: 888-774-2774 or 724-325-5924 (Teslin Customer Service)
Tel: 800-323-2487 (Optical Monomers and Coatings Customer Service)
FAX: 724-325-5342

Trade Media Contacts

Optical Monomers and Coatings, Silica Products, Teslin® substrate
Brande Juart
+1 724-325-5203

Research and Development

Monroeville Business and Technical Center
440 College Park Drive
Monroeville PA 15146 USA
Tel: 724-325-5100
FAX: 724-325-5105

Web Sites


Principal Operations

Manufacturing Sites

North America
  • Barberton, Ohio
  • Darien, Wisconsin
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Monroeville, Pennsylvania´╗┐´╗┐
Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Delfzijl, The Netherlands
Asia Pacific
  • Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Teslin, Trivex, CR-39 and Hi-Gard are registered trademarks and Tribrid is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.