Maintenance management at PPG

PPG Industries is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company was founded in 1883 as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company but due to increasingly global presence and diversification changed names in 1968 to PPG Industries.

Architectural Coatings EMEA, a sub-division of PPG Industries, is the second-largest supplier of architectural coatings and sundry products in Europe, supplying decorative, wood care and specialty coatings to professional painters.


IES was asked to provide an interim Maintenance Manager at the paint factory in Uithoorn (Netherlands) until PPG could recruit a suitable candidate.

This resulted in a project of 8 months (July 2014 – March 2015). The Maintenance Manager is responsible for a department of 4 FTE, executing and engineering of major maintenance, writing a maintenance plan including financial foundation (Capex), being and staying compliant with legislation.


The availability and reliability of the factory is essential. Paint is being produced based on supply and demand. Paint production is based on the principle of ‘just in time’, resulting in a high need for availability from production and maintenance staff.

IES supported:

  • Operational management
  • Performing human resources policy: including employee assessments
  • Setting up the financial annual plan
  • Setting up the annual maintenance plan
  • Monitor compliance legislation and regulations


In the end the client was satisfied not only how the department was kept operational. But also the fresh approach on business and the separation of major and minor issues. Which is reflected in the large amount of finished projects.

By using good project management the large backlog on maintenance tasks was eliminated at end of the project.

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