PPG waterborne expos draw crowds in California

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, June 26, 2007 – PPG Automotive Refinish recently held two “Waterborne Expos” in California to address the conversion by Southern California collision centers to waterborne coatings.

More than 500 collision center owners, managers and painters attended the events, on June 5 at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles and June 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The purpose of these events was not only to talk about PPG’s waterborne product offering, but also to present services available to PPG customers to assist with their conversion plans,” said Doug Beuke, compliant segment manager, North America. “During the next year PPG will offer a series of 'Convert With Confidence' seminars covering information body shops will need to know to make the conversion from solvent to water. We also provide a Waterborne Conversion Planning Guide that outlines in detail how to plan for a conversion so as not to disrupt operations.”

The expos included presentations on waterborne technology, PPG waterborne products, equipment, technician training and support services. The event also included a trade show featuring experts from spray gun and air movement equipment manufacturers, as well as waste stream management firms.

“Although some shop owners view the conversion process as difficult, this simply isn’t true,” Beuke said. “PPG has proven platforms to meet the needs of California collision centers and provide ease of use for repairers." He said PPG has two product lines – the Envirobase High Performance (HP) coatings system and the Aquabase Plus coatings system – that contain innovative “anti-settling” technology in which pigment doesn’t settle to the bottom as in solventborne tinters. "This improves color match accuracy and consistency," Beuke said, "so with PPG’s anti-settling technology built into our products, we have made life in the body shop even simpler."

PPG’s global experience has "given us the expertise to deliver proven solutions to the conversion process,” Beuke said. “Our comprehensive seminars, Conversion Planning Guide, and superb product offering truly give collision centers everything they will need to make a smooth transition and 'Convert With Confidence!'”

For more on PPG’s “Convert With Confidence” seminars, contact local PPG or Nexa Autocolor distributors.

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.

Aquabase and Envirobase are registered trademarks of PPG Industries.




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