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PPG Again Supports Annual Hands-On Science and Technology Exhibition for Children in Gonfreville

June 16, 2016 | By Business Wire News


PPG (NYSE:PPG) joined the City of Gonfreville again this year and donated $11,000 to sponsor the community’s annual Science and Technology exhibition for school-age children. The annual interactive exhibition this year featured hands-on activities introducing students to robotics and helping fuel their interest in this growing field.

This is the second consecutive year that PPG served as a primary sponsor for the event. The company operates a facility in Gonfreville l’Orcher that manufactures packaging coatings and aerospace products primarily for customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

“We are very proud to continue supporting the annual Science and Technology exhibition,” said Valérie Gamelin, PPG global marketing communications manager, packaging coatings. “Investing in educational programs that promote science, technology, engineering and math to children in our communities is an important part of PPG’s corporate citizenship, and it reflects our ongoing commitment to brighten the places where we live and work.”

During the two-week event earlier this year, robotics-focused activities for children included:

  • demonstrations of different robotic capabilities;
  • talks on the evolving roles of robots at home and in the workplace;
  • student-led design and construction of robots using new and recycled materials;
  • robotic-themed games and films;
  • a performance that focused on robots and robotics; and
  • an engaging display of robots and robotic imagery created by a local artist.

As part of the exhibition sponsorship, PPG representatives met with area educators, students and other community members to discuss science and technology initiatives. More than 4,000 local students and family members participated in this year’s events.

“For nearly 30 years, the Science and Technology exhibition of Gonfreville l’Orcher has presented these subjects in creative ways that make them easy for children to understand,” Gamelin said. “It has been a pleasure to work with the city on its 2015 and 2016 exhibitions, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership and helping next year’s event to be even better.”

PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We donated more than $7.8 million in 2015 to hundreds of community organizations across 20 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

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PPG Media Contacts:
Ken Armistead, +44 1924 354848
Corporate Communications, EMEA
Mark Silvey, +1-412-434-3046
Corporate Communications


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