PPG honors developers of breakthrough low-E glass

PITTSBURGH, June 6, 2006 – Developers of the industry’s highest-performing and most fabricator-friendly low-emissivity glass were honored today at a PPG Industries research and development conference here.

Honored with the PPG President’s Award for Technical Achievement for their work on Solarban 60 solar control low-E glass were: Mehran Arbab, James Finley, Howard Gillery, Ed Kapura, Paul Medwick, Dennis O’Shaughnessy and Andrew Wagner.

Solarban 60 low-E glass reduces solar heat gain by about 49 percent in argon-filled insulating units compared with standard clear glass residential units, meaning homes require less energy to cool. Ultraviolet light transmittance of argon-filled Solarban 60 glass units, meanwhile, is about 72 percent less than clear glass units, helping to reduce fading and degradation of carpets, curtains and furniture.

Meanwhile, Solarban 60VT glass is the first that enables fabricators to temper low-E glass and be confident the product color matches the annealed version of the glass. That means the Solarban 60 and Solarban 60VT glass installed on a single home or commercial building has a uniform look.

The success of Solarban 60 glass has enabled PPG to grow its Certified Fabricators Program to more than 30 participants from 12 in 2000, said Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer, in presenting the award. In addition, Bunch said PPG’s leadership in glass innovation has enabled PPG/CFP independent fabricators to “grow their sales at twice the rate of the commercial construction industry.”

The PPG President’s Award was created in 1983 to recognize groups and individuals whose outstanding work contributes to PPG’s commercial success. Winners are chosen at the discretion of the PPG Collegium of active and retired technical personnel whose outstanding career contributions have established substantial product and process innovation. President’s Award winners are recognized on a biennial basis, receiving a cash award and plaque.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with 110 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2005 were US$10.2 billion.

Solarban is a trademark of PPG Industries.


Jeff Worden