PPG announces athletic footwear coatings application center in southern China

Center for unique, flexible coatings to begin operation in April


PORTLAND, Ore., March 7, 2007 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced today at the NW Apparel and Footwear Materials Show here that it is opening a state-of-the-art painting services facility in Pingshan, near Shenzhen in southern China. Expected to begin operation in April, the facility will enable PPG to demonstrate the capabilities and benefits of the VIVAFLEX color system for designers and manufacturers of athletic footwear.

“The VIVAFLEX color system provides an exciting palette of colors and finishes that lend a uniform appearance when applied to most flexible materials used in athletic footwear, such as synthetic leather, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), polyurethane (PU) and thermoplastic urethane (TPU),” said Gary Long, PPG director of coating services. “This will be PPG’s first VIVAFLEX color system application center, and it will also serve as a showcase of our coatings expertise for the athletic footwear industry,” Long said.

The facility will offer masking capabilities and be able to coat design and sales samples as well as production quantities. Long said PPG’s operational goal for the center is to work with customers in the region to reduce cycle time and costs associated with small-quantity orders, and to provide enhanced order flexibility. For more information, visit www.vivaflexbyppg.com.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of industrial coatings, applied coatings, specialty chemicals, commodity chemicals and glass. The company employs more than 30,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

VIVAFLEX is a trademark of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Roger Linville
412-434-3203
linville@ppg.com
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