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PPG earns prestigious R&D 100 Awards for antimicrobial, antiviral paints

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that two of its industry-leading antimicrobial and antiviral products have been recognized with 2022 R&D® 100 Awards in the Mechanical/Materials category – COPPER ARMORTM antimicrobial paint by PPG with Corning® Guardiant® technology and COMEX® VINIMEX® TOTAL antiviral and antibacterial paint.

“At PPG, our teams are always looking for new and innovative ways to address our customers’ biggest challenges,” said David Bem, PPG vice president, Science and Technology, and chief technology officer. “In some cases, that means developing new capabilities in house. Others require strong partnerships with well-respected organizations, such as Corning. We’re incredibly honored to be recognized for products that have helped provide an added layer of protection amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Copper Armor paint is intended for application in high-traffic areas, including health care, hospitality, office and educational environments, as well as residential applications. Powered by Corning Guardiant technology, it contains naturally occurring copper that is known to have antimicrobial efficacy. The paint continuously kills viruses and bacteria*, including SARS-CoV-2, within two hours of contact with the painted surface for up to five years**. This provides a safeguard against harmful microbes on walls, trim and doors. Copper Armor paint also provides a mold- and mildew-resistant coating on the dry paint film.

“Development of Corning Guardiant began several years ago with the belief that copper’s inherent qualities can deliver a truly effective antimicrobial coating solution,” said Joydeep Lahiri, division vice president and program director, Specialty Surfaces, Corning Incorporated. “Corning invented glass technology that delivers the power of copper in a paint, while enabling the painted surface to look and feel the way it should. We’re excited about our partnership with PPG as well as the company’s Copper Armor paint, which helps make antimicrobial surface technology more readily available to the public.”

Comex VINIMEX TOTAL antiviral and antibacterial paint is proven to kill 99.9%*** of bacteria and viruses, including flu and SARS-CoV-2, on the dry paint surface within two hours. The paint was developed in response to growing trends in health and well-being and increased consumer awareness of paint’s role in creating a safe and healthy environment. It is ideal for use in high-traffic facilities, such as hospitals, schools and nursing homes. In addition to its award in the Mechanical/Materials category, ComexVINIMEX TOTAL antiviral and antibacterial coating was awarded the R&D 100 Bronze special recognition for battling COVID-19.

PPG SPRAYMASTER™ portable spray system was recognized as a 2022 R&D 100 Award finalist. Specifically designed for exterior woodwork, the system is up to 50% faster compared to brush/roller applications, providing quick drying and excellent opacity in one layer.

The R&D 100 Awards Committee and R&D World magazine honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year with the R&D 100 Awards. PPG has earned 34 R&D 100 Awards through the years.

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