PPG acquires Sierracin Corporation
Strengthens aerospace transparencies business, enhances military offering PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20, 2006
– PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has acquired privately held Sierracin Corporation, Sylmar, Calif., a supplier of aerospace transparencies, including windshields, windows and canopies. Terms were not disclosed.
Sierracin employs approximately 600 people and has been a leading supplier of advanced composite transparencies to the aerospace industry since 1952. The company pioneered the development of plastic transparencies for military fighter jets and supplies lightweight transparencies to the commercial and general aviation industries. Sierracin is also a key supplier to the transparent armor industry. Sierracin’s advanced composite technologies complement PPG’s existing glass capabilities, and will provide PPG with a broader product portfolio for the aerospace and transparent armor industries.
“This acquisition demonstrates our strategy to grow our aerospace business by diversifying our range of technology,” said Charles E. Bunch, chairman and chief executive officer of PPG. “Sierracin’s military aerospace transparencies business, particularly its advanced composite products for the fighter jet industry, will enhance our offering to this key industry.”
PPG’s aerospace business supplies aircraft windshields and windows for the commercial, military, regional and general aviation industries. In addition, PPG is the world’s leading supplier of coatings, sealants and application systems serving original-equipment manufacturers and the maintenance segments of the aerospace industry. Pittsburgh-based PPG is also a global supplier of coatings, chemicals, optical products, glass and fiber glass. Sales in 2005 were US$10.2 billion. Forward-Looking Statements
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