PPG to highlight throughput performance solutions at NACE


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 7, 2007 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) automotive refinish business will present the practical and proven success of its MVP Throughput Performance Solutions (TPS) programs at the upcoming NACE International Autobody Congress & Exposition in Las Vegas.

Two seminars to be held Friday, Nov. 2, will address the simplicity of process changes required to meet current performance requirements and focus on key factors that make organizations successful in the implementation process.

"Our goal is to help shops navigate through all of the theory and complexity using a system developed, refined and proven over time,” said Jim Berkey, director of business solutions, PPG Automotive Refinish.

In addition to the two seminars, PPG will co-facilitate a NACE-sponsored roundtable discussion entitled "Lean – Understanding the Process." The roundtable will provide a forum to discuss Lean and Six Sigma processes in the collision center and enable participants to get specific feedback on issues concerning their shops. The Lean-focused roundtable will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3.

“Business is changing hands within the collision industry today based upon shop performance in areas including quality, cycle time and cost of operations,” Berkey said. "It is becoming more common within the collision industry to reference Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints in the context of improving collision center process performance.

“We are proud of the fact that we have been developing and implementing programs that provide shops a practical and proven approach to improving performance based upon principles of Lean and Six Sigma for the past four years. To date, more than 300 participants have graduated from our week-long Green Belt Training program, and we would like to share the success stories of our customers at NACE."

For over a decade, PPG’s MVP program has focused on collision shop performance and achieving more with the fixed assets of customers’ businesses. MVP Throughput Performance Solutions is a continuation and evolution of PPG’s performance-focused program. According to Berkey, components of the MVP program include benchmark reporting, facility layout and design, roundtable summits, revised one- to two-day Business Development Series courses, five-day Green Belt Training, and ParaKaizen performance groups. Each has a common purpose of helping participants improve throughput performance through quality, speed and cost.

“MVP TPS is relevant for the collision center professional, regardless of the size or structure of their operation,” said Rich Altieri, senior manager, PPG business solutions. “Our Green Belt Training program provides shops with practical application of Lean and Six Sigma for collision repair, and our Business Development Series training programs drill down into best practices related to estimating, production and administrative management, sales and marketing skills, and more. Once a customer has attended the training courses, we provide a path for continuous improvement through our Roundtable and ParaKaizen Conferences.”

PPG’s NACE seminars will be invitation-only. Collision shop owners and managers, PPG distributors and insurance company representatives attending NACE can inquire by calling their local PPG representatives.

To learn more about MVP Throughput Performance Solutions, visit PPG Automotive Refinish at the NACE Exposition, Booth W1317, Nov. 1-3, in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 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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Contact:
Paul Ong or Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
ong@ppg.com or cfields@ppg.com

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