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PPG introduces improved performance for PPG TESLIN EMI/RF shielding material

November 10, 2020

New customization options offer more robust electrical shielding, single-component anti-skimming solution for e-passports, other products

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10, 2020 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced new customization options for its PPG TESLIN® EMI/RF (electromagnetic interference/radio-frequency) shielding material that offer enhanced RF-shielding performance for electronic passports (e-passports) and other electronic security documents.

Printed with PPG proprietary conductive inks, PPG Teslin EMI/RF shielding material can now be customized with higher-performing inks and more sophisticated shield pattern designs to meet specific end-user requirements for exceptional shielding effectiveness and product functionality. These new options enhance the substrate’s RF signal blocking and detuning performance over greater distances, enabling e-passports fabricated with the material to protect travelers’ personal data more effectively – even when their passports are slightly opened.

More than 75 nations currently rely on PPG Teslin substrate to secure and protect embedded electronics in their passport covers due to the material’s tamper-evidence capability, cushioning and durability.

“This improved shielding material is a great example of how our products can fulfill PPG’s commitment to protect and beautify the world,” said Pierre Scaglia, PPG global segment manager, ID and security. “Whether through new physical or digital technologies, our customers are always looking for innovative ways to increase document security in the never-ending battle against identity fraud. Customer response to our RF shielding material has been very positive since the product adds value and a complementary option to their document security toolboxes.”

PPG Teslin EMI/RF shielding material, which now provides improved RF shielding at ISO/IEC 14443 field strengths, also offers the potential to reduce manufacturing costs.

“In today’s most sophisticated e-passports designs, encrypted data – stored in microchips and embedded into PPG Teslin substrate – is protected from unauthorized ’skimming’ by an additional shielding component,” Scaglia added. “The enhanced shielding performance provided by our improved material may eliminate the need for this additional shielding component, which can significantly lower material and production costs for these highly secure travel documents.”

PPG Teslin EMI/RF shielding material is ideal for a variety of products that can benefit from its signal-blocking capabilities or that require shielding or a durable grounding path to function properly. Examples include credit card pouches, electronic toll pass containers, grounding tapes, wearables, circuit boards, antennas and consumer electronics devices.

PPG will showcase PPG Teslin EMI/RF shielding material at Security Document World (SDW), which is being held virtually Nov. 16-18. SDW is the world’s leading conference and exhibition for security document professionals.

To learn more about PPG Teslin EMI/RF shielding material, visit

Part of PPG’s Specialty Coatings and Materials business, PPG Teslin substrate is a durable, secure and highly printable synthetic paper that excels for laminated print projects and other applications demanding a tough, high-performance material. Manufactured by PPG in Barberton, Ohio, PPG Teslin substrate also provides a variety of benefits for credential and identity documents. These include high-definition color photos, laser-engraving capabilities, built-in tamper evidence and flexible production and issuance options.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 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 $15.1 billion in 2019. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and Teslin and the PPG Logo are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

PPG Media Contact:
Brande Juart
PPG TESLIN Substrate
+1 724-325-5203


PPG introduces improved performance for PPG TESLIN® EMI/RF (electromagnetic interference/radio-frequency) shielding material, a flexible, moldable and affordable shielding solution. Coated with PPG-manufactured conductive inks, new customization options offer more robust electrical shielding to meet specific requirements for product functionality and shielding effectiveness.

PPG Passport

PPG TESLIN® EMI/RF (electromagnetic interference/radio-frequency) shielding material is gaining interest globally as a shielding solution for advanced electronic passports (e-passports) because of its ability to protect against fraudulent access to travelers’ personal data. By transitioning from PPG Teslin substrate—which already is used by 75 nations in e-passport designs—to this new material, government passport designers can create documents that offer citizens an added layer of protection against data skimming.

PPG Credit Card Pouch

PPG TESLIN® EMI/RF (electromagnetic interference/radio-frequency) shielding material is designed for electronic applications that require shielding to function properly, protect RF transponders from illegitimate reading or writing, or provide a durable grounding path. Common examples include pouches for credit cards (pictured above) as well as electronic toll passes, grounding tapes, circuit boards, actuated chips, antennas and electronic devices.

Multimedia Files:

PPG All Three 3015 x 2072 jpg 4.21 MB
PPG Passport 3600 x 2400 jpg 3.36 MB
PPG Credit Card Pouch 3600 x 2400 jpg 3.91 MB
PPG Credit Card Pouch 2 3600 x 2400 jpg 4.29 MB
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