Chrysler LLC gives global approval to PPG waterborne refinish systems


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 11, 2007 – Chrysler LLC has approved the Envirobase High Performance and NEXA Autocolor Aquabase Plus waterborne basecoat systems by PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) automotive refinish business for all its repair facilities globally. All products in the Envirobase and Aquabase waterborne basecoat systems are included in the approval, Chrysler LLC’s PF-10537 Exterior Paint Refinish Material/Process Certification for Warranty Repair Paint Performance.

These waterborne systems join Chrysler-approved PPG refinish systems including the Deltron, Global and NEXA Autocolor refinish brands.

“By following Chrysler guidelines, repair facility technicians can be assured of a quality finish,” said Ron Nomura, global services paint/body structures manager at Chrysler LLC’s Dealer Technical Operations. “PPG’s waterborne basecoat sytstems meet all the stringent requirements Chrysler LLC demands for its vehicle refinish repairs.”

PPG and NEXA Autocolor waterborne basecoat systems are being used successfully by thousands of collision centers across Europe, where regulations now strictly limit the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in solventborne coatings. PPG introduced the world’s first commercially-viable waterborne refinish basecoat in 1992. Aquabase waterborne coatings won the Queen’s Award – a U.K. award recognizing outstanding achievement in business performance – for original-equipment manufacturing (OEM) applications in 1990, and for refinish technology in 1995. In 2002, Envirobase technology by PPG won the Institute of Transport Management Excellence award for best innovation.

According to Doug Beuke, compliant segment manager for PPG North America, “Shops in California and Canada are converting to PPG waterborne systems right now. PPG waterborne basecoat systems are as easy to use as solventborne systems, require no special additives, and feature non-stir toners that make mixing colors particularly fast and easy. PPG waterborne systems also provide consistent color and metallic control across a variety of different application techniques. With all these advantages, converting to a PPG waterborne basecoat system will make shop life easier.”

For more information on PPG waterborne basecoat systems, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or contact a local PPG distributor.

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.

Aquabase, Deltron, Envirobase, Global and NEXA Autocolor are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
cfields@ppg.com
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