Ampaspace unit of PPG awarded A400M landing-, taxi-light lenses contract

PARIS, June 20, 2007 – The Ampaspace subsidiary of PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has been awarded a sole-source contract by EADS Socata to design and manufacture landing- and taxi-light lenses for the Airbus A400M military transport.

Ampaspace will produce the polycarbonate panels with Aegis coating at its Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, facility near Milan, with delivery of production parts beginning later this year, according to Patrick Maillefert, PPG Aerospace senior account manager.

“Ampaspace was able to meet Socata’s needs for designing the parts and developing tooling,” Maillefert said. “Ampaspace’s history of supplying stretched-acrylic and polycarbonate transparencies for European military applications enabled us to design the parts to perform within the rigors of the aircraft’s operating environment.”

Proprietary Aegis hard coating applied to the exterior of the polycarbonate lenses will enhance service life by affording resistance to scratching and ultraviolet and environmental deterioration, Maillefert said. In addition, the coating will block X-rays for covert operation.

Ampaspace will produce the lenses with an outboard retainer that attaches to the body fairings by a synthetic premix Z-retainer.

Maillefert said prototypes for flight evaluation have been delivered to EADS Socata’s facilities at Aeroport de Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees in Tarbes, France. The contract calls for Ampaspace to supply shipsets of two pairs each of landing- and taxi-light lenses.

PPG Aerospace is displaying an A400M landing-light lens at its Paris Air Show exhibit at Hall 2B, Stand H6. The Paris Air Show is June 18-24 at Le Bourget Airport.

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, manufactured at its Huntsville, Ala., plant and by subsidiaries PPG Aerospace - Ampaspace, at Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, and Sierracin/Sylmar Corp. at Sylmar, Calif. 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

Aegis is a trademark of PPG Industries.


Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace