Published: January 27, 2017
Published: January 27, 2017


Throughout 2016 several of our EMEA sites took part in the COLORFUL COMMUNITIESTM project – PPG’s global signature initiative for our community engagement efforts that aims to protect and beautify the communities where we operate.

It supports projects that transform community assets, providing PPG volunteers and donating PPG products to bring color and vitality. Within the EMEA region, seven sites completed the Colorful Communities project in 2016.

Istanbul, Turkey

The team in Turkey provided newly built and painted bicycles to nearly 35 elementary school students, including 15 refugees. Each bike was painted in the child’s favorite color.

  • 40 volunteers
  • More than 10 kg of PPG industrial Coatings products
  • 360 volunteer hours

Brno, Czech Republic

The Brno team helped to brighten up interiors and exteriors of a local primary school, including adding colorful murals to the building’s previously drab corridors.

  • 100+ volunteers
  • 800 litres of Balakryl and Primalex paints
  • About 1600 volunteer hours
We prepared, painted, created, sweated and cleaned up. The work was definitely not ‘sexy,’ but the outcome was brilliant. I have been working for more than 20 years and I do not think that this event can be topped.
Iris Finger, managing director of the Brno Shared Services Centre

Cieszyn, Poland

We sponsored the first MurArt festival (festival of murals), in cooperation with city authorities, that helped to beautify the city center by adding colorful mural art to the walls.

Budapest, Hungary

We began a project to revitalize and repaint the entire maternity ward at the Jahn Ferenc hospital, in Budapest, brightening the lives of more than 5,000 patients per year.​

  • 30+ volunteers​
  • 500+ liters of PPG products
  • 250 volunteer hours

Soborg, Denmark

The Soborg team added shelter and seating to the city arena’s parkour area based on a design created by local children, encouraging more residents from the nearby Hoje Gladsaxe housing estate to use the facilities.

  • 30+ volunteers
  • 150 litres of DYRUP® Façade Extra paint in 10 colors
  • About 200 volunteer hours
We hope this is the beginning of close cooperation on more community initiatives. Already we are planning an educational day at our PPG site for local school students.
Peter Soerensen, PPG general manager, Architectural Coatings, Denmark

Birstall, United Kingdom

The team in Birstall helped to revitalise the local railway station in Batley, northern England by adding color to the frontage, café and community area, and created an awesome subway mural.

  • 120+ volunteers
  • 177 litres of JOHNSTONE’S® paint in 52 colors
  • More than 1100 volunteer hours
I’m thrilled that the station makeover is complete – and it looks fantastic! What we have now is a station which is a fantastic gateway to the town. I cannot thank PPG enough. 
Gwen Lowe, Chair of Friends of Batley Station

Saultain/Marly, France

In France we helped the University of Valenciennes to revitalize an exhibition hall, clean the surrounding grounds and canal, and prepare a “Plastic Landscape” exhibition showcasing recycled plastic materials.

  • 60 volunteers
  • 90 liters of SEIGNEURIE® paint products
  • 250 volunteer hours

We can't wait to see what the Colorful Communities project will bring in 2017!