IIMAK and PPG form marketing alliance for decorative glass


PITTSBURGH, June 25, 2007 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has announced a marketing alliance with IIMAK, Amherst, N.Y. The agreement authorizes PPG to promote IIMAK’s new DecoTherm digital ceramic frit technology, in combination with Starphire ultra-clear glass by PPG, as a decorative glass solution for use in commercial applications across North America. IIMAK will also promote Starphire glass as the exclusive “ultra-clear” glass for decorative images.

PPG’s architectural team will introduce the DecoTherm custom technology to the design community. Scott Surma, national sales manager for IIMAK, said, “PPG’s innovative approach and extensive reach in the marketplace makes them ideal for educating designers on new products like DecoTherm digital ceramic frit that are complementary to their glass offerings. The PPG team will show designers new, more creative ways to utilize decorative glass in interior and exterior projects.”

The DecoTherm digital ceramic frit joins ICD High-Performance Coatings, Vancouver, Wash., a manufacturer of high-performance silicone coatings for spandrel glass, in the PPG marketing alliance partner group. Bob Krystyniak, PPG manager of strategic alliances, said, “PPG continues to look for alliances involving innovative technologies to provide the architectural and design communities with solutions to their building needs.”

DecoTherm digital ceramic frit glass decoration is a patented process for permanently placing graphic designs on glass without sandblasting or screen printing. It offers a viable, economical alternative for custom and short-run flat glass decoration in commercial and residential applications. The DecoTherm process delivers a high degree of detail, with up to three colors, so designers can create any design imaginable, from graphics, logos and text to photographs and detailed custom designs.

For more information about vision, spandrel or decorative glass, coatings and paint solutions from PPG, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332). More information about DecoTherm digital glass decoration is available at www.decotherm.net or by calling 1-866-535-3439.

PPG is the largest flat glass manufacturer in North America and supplies glass for commercial and residential construction markets, industrial and specialty uses, and automotive, aircraft and other transportation applications.

About IIMAK
IIMAK is a U.S.-based manufacturer of imaging consumable supplies, primarily used in the automatic identification, facsimile, sign and decorative glass markets. IIMAK's primary manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in Amherst, N.Y., with additional manufacturing plants in Brazil and Europe. For more information about IIMAK and its products, visit www.iimak.com.

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.

Starphire is a trademark of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Robert J. Struble
PPG Performance Glazings
412-820-8138
rstruble@ppg.com
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