Nine sessions of PPG’s Aerospace Coatings Academy are already planned in 2019 – four in the US for North American customers, four in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and one in Asia for participants from China, Japan and nearby countries. PPG may hold additional training programs to accommodate customer requests.
More than 200 painters, engineers and buyers representing around 50 airlines, aircraft manufacturers and maintenance operations have attended 14 sessions held since the academy launched in 2015. There is no charge to attend an academy session, which offers hands-on learning opportunities as well as classroom sessions on the latest aerospace coatings technologies.
“After attending the academy for the first time, I found it to be so beneficial that I participated in a second session,” said Christophe Colin, Air France material expert. “I am always learning something from this training and from the PPG experts who are here to support this program. It is good to go into a PPG facility as it gives me the opportunity to meet the PPG team involved on the different topics.”
He added: “I would recommend the training to my colleagues because it enables customers to keep up-to-date on evolving market trends and the latest coatings technology in the aerospace business. I also like the interchange with representatives of other companies who are facing the same issues.”
PPG continues to update the program content as new technology develops and to address customer requests.
“By holding the training at PPG facilities, we also afford attendees the opportunity to see PPG coatings operations,” said Daniel Bencun, PPG global director, aerospace coatings. “Customers have told us they find value in both the classroom segments that provide technology overviews and the practical sessions, where they participate in such activities as applying paint onto panels in a spray booth.”
PPG will hold its next Aerospace Coatings Academy in December 2018 at its Barcelona, Spain, automotive refinish coatings manufacturing facility.