PPG Aerospace rain-repellent windshields fly on first Embraer Phenom 100 jet


ATLANTA, Sept. 25, 2007 – The first flight of the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet marked another Embraer first: The very light executive jet was the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s first airplane to use Surface Seal rain-repellent coating by PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business as the primary windshield rain removal system.

The glass windshields by PPG Aerospace – Transparencies for the Phenom 100 have a proprietary hydrophobic coating that sheds rain to enhance visibility for the pilot during precipitation conditions, according to PPG Program and Account Manager Cole Eberle.

“Having the Surface Seal coating system by PPG for rain removal enabled Embraer to eliminate windshield wipers on the new jet and save the associated weight while enhancing aerodynamics,” Eberle said.

PPG is the sole-source supplier of the structurally loaded, lightweight Herculite II glass windshields and the acrylic side cockpit windows for the Phenom 100 very light business jet and Phenom 300 light business jet, Eberle said. The windshields and windows are produced at PPG’s Huntsville, Ala., facility.

Embraer expects the Phenom 100 very light jet to enter service in mid-2008 and the Phenom 300 light jet in mid-2009.

Visitors to the National Business Aviation Association convention at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta can learn about the PPG windshields for the Phenom 100 and 300 jets, PPG’s lightweight windshield design and supply capabilities, and Surface Seal coating at the PPG Aerospace exhibit at booth 4251. The NBAA convention is Sept. 25-27.

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. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer 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 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were US$11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Herculite and Surface Seal are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace
818-549-7597
audrey.fujimoto@ppg.com

Jean Verlich
JV Communications
505-762-2017
jverlich@jvcommunications.com
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