By David Bem, Vice President, Science & Technology, and Chief Technology Officer, PPG 

Most people don’t think of paint during discussions of innovation and technology. But paints and coatings from PPG are everywhere – making an impact in ways that most people would find surprising. PPG’s products help protect and beautify the areas that matter most to you in life – your home, your car, the airplane that jets you and your family off to vacation.  

David Bem
David Bem, Vice President, Science & Technology, and Chief Technology Officer, PPG

When we think of the future, paint with added functionality will be a growing area for our industry. Today, our researchers and chemists are developing paints and coatings that do things, such as help self-driving cars move safely, cool down buildings on hot days and improve the feel of your computer keyboard.  Whether it is increased fuel efficiency, lower emissions, or added productivity, paint and coatings play a role in most people’s everyday life without them even knowing it.

Pittsburgh is not only home to our global headquarters, but it is also home to our global research and development laboratories, located in Allison Park.

Since we were founded here in Pittsburgh 136 years ago, PPG has always put innovation first, and it’s in our DNA. Our R&D employees are working with our customers from companies throughout the world on next-generation solutions for nearly every industry. We’re looking at the role that paints and coatings can provide as the world becomes increasingly connected through the Internet of Things. We are working with our customers in the packaging industry on sustainable solutions. And, we are studying how paint and coatings can help keep the interior of shared automobiles cleaner and more functional as the automotive industry prepares for a transformation.  

Pittsburgh is not only home to our global headquarters, but it is also home to our global research and development laboratories, located in Allison Park. We hire scientists from universities all over the world, including from Pittsburgh’s top colleges, and the quality of life and vast lifestyle options that the city offers is a selling point when we recruit. 

Whether it’s an urban, suburban or country lifestyle that the candidate wants, they can have it here in Pittsburgh with a relatively short commute to work. In the coming decade, we see this as an important aspect of marketing the city for future economic growth.