PPG Total Service Solutions Wins Environmental Achievement Award for Eco-friendly Paint Denaturant

TROY, Mich., March, 24, 2006 – PPG Total Service Solutions was recently honored with the 2005 Environmental Achievement Award by the Environmental Management Association (EMA) at an award ceremony at the Detroit Athletic Club. The company was recognized by the EMA for its unique, environmentally minded paint denaturant, BC4200NP.

Paint denaturants are typically used in automotive and industrial water-washed paint spray booths to denature and coagulate paint overspray making removal and waste treatment easier.  

Unlike commonly used paint denaturants, which contain man-made polymers that are melamine-formaldehyde based or are made from petroleum-based raw materials, PPG’s patented BC4200NP denaturant uses a natural by-product of food processing as a primary ingredient.

“The development of the BC4200NP technology demonstrates PPG Total Service Solutions’ commitment to a clean environment and its continued effort to explore new ways to assist in providing solutions to environmental issues,” said David Boehmer, director of PPG Specialty Products.

Field tests of the BC4200NP technology prove this product’s performance surpasses previously used technologies by reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources, enhancing recycling efforts and providing a more user-friendly product. In addition, this product makes paint sludge generated during the spray booth cleaning process more suitable to biodegradation.

Recipients of the award are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including a company’s commitment to the environment that results in improved quality of life in the Great Lakes Region; providing innovative solutions to potential environmental challenges; leadership with environmental issues; and involvement in public policy issues that affect the future quality of social, economic and environmental factors.

Based in Harrison Township, Mich., the EMA consists of organizations and individuals interested in or affected by environmental issues and regulations. The purpose of EMA is to establish and maintain an active information exchange between government and industry professionals involved with environmental management to arrive at solutions to environmental issues within a framework of ethics appropriate to the environmental field. The EMA believes in and supports the application of integrity, common sense, sound sciences and fiscal responsibility in all matters affecting the environment.

PPG Total Service Solutions – based in Troy, Mich. – is a leader in providing manufacturers with a cost-effective structured management program that assists in the implementation of a global standard for service. 

Pittsburgh-based PPG is the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings and a global supplier of industrial and packaging coatings, and a leading producer of architectural coatings, primarily in North America. In addition, PPG manufactures flat and fabricated glass, continuous-strand fiber glass and chemicals. Sales were US $10.2 billion in 2005. 

Leslie Dagg / Cindy Carey
Bianchi Public Relations

Jeff Worden
PPG Industries