PPG Aerospace awarded Embraer window contract for Phenom business jets

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 15, 2007 – PPG Aerospace – Transparencies has been awarded a sole-source contract to develop and produce cockpit windows for Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light business jet and Phenom 300 light business jet.

PPG has the sourcing contract for the length of the programs to supply shipsets for the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s production, according to Art Scott, PPG Aerospace global director for commercial original-equipment transparencies sales. Scott said expected production life is more than 1,000 aircraft, which could put the value of the contract at more than $35 million.

The airplanes will be Embraer’s first to be certified with Surface Seal rain-repellent coating by PPG as the primary windshield rain removal system, with no windshield wipers, Scott said.

According to Cole Eberle, PPG program and account manager, Embraer selected PPG because it provided the best technical solution for the transparencies. The windshields are designed with PPG’s proprietary hoop tension edge attachments, and the lightweight PPG windshields for both Embraer business jets feature two plies of Herculite II chemically strengthened glass with the PPG 112 urethane interlayer. The Aircon heating system provides anti-icing and affords temperature control, Eberle said.

“The design is based on similar windshields that have shown excellent service life,” Eberle said. “Using our Surface Seal coating to maintain visibility for the pilot in precipitation conditions enables Embraer to design the new jets without wipers for lighter weight and enhanced aerodynamics.”

The direct-vision side cockpit windows have two plies of stretched acrylic.

“Our windshields and windows have demonstrated high reliability for Embraer operators, and our service and product support are topflight,” Eberle said. “We have developed a great working relationship with Embraer’s engineering team that enables us to provide transparency solutions that meet operator needs for long-term performance.”

PPG is producing the windshields and windows at its Huntsville, Ala., plant.

Embraer expects the Phenom 100 very light jet to enter service in mid-2008 and the Phenom 300 light jet in mid-2009.

In 2005, Embraer named PPG its supplier of the year in the mechanical equipment category in recognition of the superior quality and performance of PPG cockpit windows. Embraer airplanes have flown with PPG transparencies for a quarter of a century since development of glass parts for the EMB 110. Today, PPG is sole supplier of original-equipment and replacement transparencies for the E-jet family of Embraer 170, 175, 190 and 195 airplanes, and supplies Embraer and operators with cockpit windows for the ERJ 135, 140 and 145 regional jet family.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is a leading global producer and distributor of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber 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.

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Roger Linville