PPG Protective & Marine Coatings is recognised as a world leader in the development and supply of marketleading performance coatings to protect steel and concrete structures from fire and corrosion in some of the world’s most demanding environments. To maintain this position, we utilise state-of the-art laboratory facilities for formulating and testing products that are at the cutting edge of coatings technology.
As a result of this expertise, PPG has gained an international reputation for outstanding reliability in both products and services. This expertise, combined with our global network, ensures consistent success for our customers and their projects throughout the world.
An unrivaled product range
Under the Amercoat and Sigma Coatings brands, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings provides proven products that protect heavyduty industrial and commercial assets in the most challenging conditions. These products are used in such diverse segments, as offshore, petrochemical, power, civil infrastructure, original equipment manufacturing and marine.
Steelguard – the superior solution for cellulosic fire protection PPG Protective & Marine Coatings offers, under the trade name Steelguard, a complete range of intumescent coating systems for various grades of fire protection, climatic exposure conditions and application techniques that also comply with many national standards.
The development of PPG’s Steelguard thin-film intumescent coatings started in the mid-1980s, when the first companies started to market and develop intumescent coatings in the UK in cooperation with British Steel. Formulating external grades intumescent Steelguard FM and matching application innovations in the development of off-site applied intumescent coatings demonstrates our proactive commitment to solving the challenges of the construction industry.
These coatings are ideally suited for today’s designers and provide an extremely smooth surface in a wide range of colours. Architects often design buildings by showing the exposed steel structures, which enables existing and effective design to be used in all areas of construction, such as factories, sports halls, hospitals and schools. But if a fire strikes, the potential for disaster is frightening. Within minutes unprotected steel can reach the critical temperature that causes it to lose stability and collapse.
Intumescent coatings work by expanding at high temperatures, from a very thin, lightweight coating, into a thick, foam-like layer that insulates the steel from the fire and maintains its stability. As a result, the value of Steelguard intumescent coatings is that they provide the vital extra time to help people escape and also allow fire fighters to save the building itself.
On-site and off-site capability
Always aware of commercial and manufacturing developments, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings products meet the trend towards off-site painting of construction steelwork in high-rise steel frame structures in city centers, minimising on-site painting in the
construction and optimising the quality control procedures during the specialized application techniques.
The Steelguard intumescent range also includes coatings specifically designed for on-site use. These water-borne coatings comply with the most stringent environmental regulations, enabling applications to take place in working environments – even while people are using the building.
In combination with suitable PPG topcoats, the range also provides high levels of corrosion protection against a wide variety of atmospheric conditions.
These products can be combined with matching water-based primer and finish coats and are used where buildings are repaired, refurbished or sometimes completely stripped and rebuilt to allow a complete new usage of the construction.
Compliance to international standards
PPG is certified to ISO 9001, recognised around the world as sign of quality and our global core range of systems is comprehensively tested, meeting standards such as Norsok M501, ISO 20340 and ISO 12944. Steelguard intumescent coatings meet international standards in fire protection, with each product undergoing a rigorous, exhaustive testing process.
In addition, every production batch is checked against its specifications – so you can be assured of consistent quality and accurate fire protection levels at all times. Certificates from recognised testing authorities, proving full compliance with the international standards, are available on request.
Fire engineering service
Large projects frequently require additional fire engineering in which the coatings supplier, designer and contractor develop solutions for
specific project applications and construction solutions to meet all fire protection requirements. With an experienced coatings supplier
like PPG Protective & Marine Coatings, equipped with the latest laboratory facilities for formulating and fire testing, custom-made
solutions can be developed to ensure dependable and compliant fire protection.
Through intensive research, PPG Protective & Marine Coatings has developed proprietary coatings and processes for steel and concrete protection that greatly reduce the use of chemicals potentially harmful to human health and the environment while protecting capital investments, thereby ensuring a long economic life expectancy.
The majority of PPG Protective & Marine Coatings products are environmentally designed with high-solids, solventfree and water-based technology reducing the possibility of environmental pollution and enhancing workers’ safety.
A total customer-focused solution
The industry constantly faces new demands, which is why we work closely with our customers and the world’s leading architects and engineers to continuously improve the value and effectiveness of all our fire protection products.
This drive and pursuit of excellence delivers coatings that are unsurpassed in performance and protection among asset owners, contractors, fabricators and applicators across the globe, and help customers meet the challenges they face today, and tomorrow.
We are justly proud of the excellence of our people and the quality of service we provide. Our customers have access to a worldwide technical service through our teams of experts (based in over 80 countries), qualified and independently certified technical sales representatives, and experts who can assess your specific requirements and help you select the most suitable coating solution.
At PPG Protective & Marine Coatings we have the people, the products and the support to make sure that when you select a PPG fire protective coating you know you have chosen the best.
Experience, innovation and integrity – that is what makes PPG the ideal coatings partner. PPG Protective & Marine Coatings, part of PPG Industries PPG Protective & Marine Coatings is part of PPG Industries Inc., a global, multi-billion dollar diversified manufacturer supplying
paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials and glass.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, PPG operates in over 60 countries with 40,000 employees in more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates around the world. PPG is a publicly owned company with shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.