Mercedes-Benz approves PPG premium paint brands for repair work
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – February 6, 2009 – Daimler AG, manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, announced it has approved PPG’s Global Refinish System®, including its innovative Envirobase® High Performance waterborne basecoat, for repair in North America of all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. In addition, PPG’s Delfleet® commercial coatings system has been approved for repair of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. The approvals were based on the results of a rigorous four-day audit conducted by Mercedes-Benz representatives at PPG facilities in the United States and Germany.
Michael Gimpl, Daimler AG, Manager Global Service & Parts, said, “We are pleased to continue the collaboration with PPG in aftermarket sales as we are convinced of their premium product quality as well as their worldwide service capabilities that add value to our network.”
PPG locations visited by Daimler AG included the PPG corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the production facilities and training center located in Delaware, Ohio and the PPG European Technical Center in Ingersheim, Germany.
“We are, of course, very pleased to be recognized by Daimler AG in this manner and to continue our partnership with them,” said Kevin Loop, PPG business development manager. “The audit, known as the Quality Management System Alignment, was extremely thorough and informative. There’s no better confirmation of quality than being approved by a premium manufacturer like Mercedes-Benz. Their choosing PPG as a paint partner is something we can be very proud of.”
The Daimler AG audit covered several elements:
- Quality planning
- Quality of supplied parts and materials
- System/process quality
- Quality product/process
- Failure management
“One of Mercedes-Benz’s highest priorities is customer satisfaction. To ensure they attain that goal, they require their partners to design, manufacture and deliver high quality products,” added Loop. “PPG will continue to provide Daimler AG with the high quality products they expect.”
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.