Dennis Taljan, global director, automotive coatings technology, left, and Vincent Robin, vice president, automotive coatings, Asia Pacific, with the display model of the Weltmeister (WM) EX6 at Auto China 2018.


PPG partners with new-energy vehicle company in China

As a partner to new-energy vehicle (NEV) company Weltmeister (WM), PPG China has developed colors for WM’s EX5 a compact all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) that debuted at the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2018).

"The PPG color-styling team worked closely with WM’s design group to achieve the brilliant results on display at the Beijing auto show," said Cindy Li, PPG color development and styling manager, Asia Pacific.

In addition to creating colors for the display vehicle, PPG also created colors for the EX5 vehicle that will be introduced in the Chinese market later this year.

The vehicle is the first product introduced by WM, a Shanghai-based electric vehicle (EV) start-up that includes Baidu (the Chinese equivalent of Google) as a strategic investor. The company aims to be the first among its peers to deliver a high-end EV on a mass scale – up to 100,000 EX6s per year.

China’s demand for environmentally friendly NEVs is expected to grow quickly, supported by government incentives in a drive to improve air quality in cities. In 2017, China NEV sales grew 50 percent year over year (to 777,000 units) and are expected to reach 2 million by 2020. The Chinese government plans to have NEVs account for 20 percent of total vehicle sales in China by 2025.

"PPG has a complete range of environmentally friendly new coatings that meet NEV special requirements," said Vincent Robin, vice president, automotive coatings, Asia Pacific. "From thin-film pretreatment (Zircobond®) that enables the use of aluminum substrate to waterborne compact process (B1:B2®) that reduces VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission during application, we can deliver a full solution to these start-up companies and this is what WM valued when they selected PPG as their sole paint supplier."

"PPG researchers are also developing new coatings and adhesives and sealants to protect and facilitate the use of batteries for electric vehicles," said Dennis Taljan, global director, automotive coatings technology. "From sealants to ensure that no water enters battery compartments, to electrodeposition (ED) coatings to prevent corrosion in the battery infrastructure, to heat-dissipating coatings to manage thermal stress."