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2008 News

Sterling St. Thomas begins using PPG paints

ST. THOMAS, Ontario, Canada – April 7, 2008 – Daimler Trucks North America has selected PPG Industries, Inc. for OEM and aftermarket paint needs for heavy-duty truck production at the Sterling St. Thomas Plant. In January 2004, Daimler Trucks North America corporate management recognized PPG as a Total Source Supplier awarding PPG all of the paint business at the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant. Daimler Trucks North America has now extended the partnership to include all production at the Sterling Truck Plant in St. Thomas.

As a Total Source Supplier, PPG will provide a complete range of paint technologies enabling Daimler Trucks North America to meet its customer demands and compete in the heavy-duty truck market.

The line-up of products includes a full range of materials consisting of PPG’s industry leading Powercron® electrocoat and Delfleet® topcoats on cabs, as well as on all chassis.

Delfleet topcoats have been approved for Daimler Trucks North America applications and are utilized for their operations. Along with the award of the OEM topcoat business, PPG is recognized as an approved aftermarket supplier, meaning Delfleet is approved for use in the aftermarket for warranty and paint repairs on all Daimler Trucks North America, Sterling, and Western Star models. The approval encompasses all Daimler Trucks North America LLC businesses and repair centers worldwide.

With the aftermarket approval, the same quality paint system is extended from the OEM to the aftermarket creating a unified offering.

Delfleet is backed by service professionals specifically trained as application experts. These service representatives are working with Daimler Trucks North America dealerships to ensure customer satisfaction and performance of the products.

Delfleet has been rigorously tested and approved by Daimler Trucks North America corporate engineering. These products have passed all test requirements including corrosion resistance, adhesion, chip resistance, and UV durability.

The benefits of utilizing Delfleet® are easy to understand. In addition to providing durability and excellent appearance, the high quality urethane resin technology enables users to benefit from the positive attributes listed below:

  • High solids, two component urethane paint system providing superb performance are globally VOC compliant.
  • Low HAP’s formulations.
  • Lead free and chrome free options available for all color formulas.
  • Computer aided color manufacturing ensuring consistency.
  • Global network for technical support, warehousing, and distribution.
  • PPG service reps located near Daimler Trucks North America/Sterling/Western Star dealers in North America.
  • Proven paint technology approved by Daimler Trucks North America corporate engineering.
about ppg

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.