PPG, GM collaboration earns PACE Award

DETROIT, April 6, 2006 – PPG Industries has earned a fifth PACE Award in six years for its collaboration with General Motors on development of an environmentally friendly, color-specific powder primer.

This marks the first year that a collaborative customer-and-supplier effort has received a PACE Award, which honors product innovation and management excellence among automotive suppliers worldwide. The joint award for PPG and GM was one of only two collaborative PACE Awards presented in ceremonies this week in Detroit. The award was accepted by Dennis Kovalsky, PPG vice president, automotive OEM coatings; Bo Andersson, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain; and James Haverland, GM director, paint and polymers engineering.

"The best recognition you can receive as a supplier is an award for collaboration with your customer," Kovalsky said. "Development of the color-specific powder primer was the result of outstanding teamwork between talented employees of GM and PPG. We're very proud of the results."

The color-specific powder primer has a high-gloss finish and is tinted to match a vehicle's paint color. It provides a finished look for hard-to-paint areas such as inner surfaces of trunk and engine compartments, according to Rick Tansey, technical manager, PPG.

"Customers love the glossy, colorful finish coat on the outside of a car, but that coat is expensive and difficult to apply on many inner surfaces," Tansey said. "Our new color-specific powder primer improves aesthetics at an effective cost."

GM and PPG launched the joint development effort five years ago to replace liquid-solvent primers with an environmentally friendly, cost-effective product.

In addition to containing no volatile organic compounds (VOC), the color-specific powder primer eliminates the sludge and hazardous material generated by liquid solvent systems, Tansey said. The color-specific powder primer is used on the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt at the GM assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

The annual PACE Award competition is sponsored by Automotive News magazine, Microsoft, SAP and the Transportation Research Center, Inc.

Previous PACE Award winners from PPG were:


  • 2003 – CeramiClear clearcoat using nanoparticle technology to protect the color coat and provide a durable, glossy appearance
  • 2002 – FrameCoat electrodeposition coating for automotive and light-truck chassis components
  • 2001 – Audioguard sound- and vibration-damping coating
  • 2000 – Enviracryl powder clearcoat


Pittsburgh-based PPG is the world's leading manufacturer of transportation coatings and a global supplier of industrial and packaging coatings, as well as 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.

CeramiClear, FrameCoat, Audioguard and Enviracryl are trademarks of PPG Industries.




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