PPG named finalist, given honorable mention in 2008 PACE Award program

TROY, Mich., Nov. 6, 2007 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG), the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings, was named a finalist and received honorable mention in the 2008 Automotive News PACE Award program.

The PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award recognizes innovation, technological advancement and business performance of suppliers that contribute products, processes, information technology, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks. It is presented jointly by Automotive News, Microsoft, SAP and Transportation Research Center Inc.

A five-time PACE Award winner, PPG was named a finalist in the manufacturing process and capital equipment category for Green Logic paint detackifier. Used by domestic, European and Japanese automakers, Green Logic paint detackifier is added to the water wash system in automotive paint spray booths to denature and remove over-sprayed paint. The patented formula, which incorporates chitosan derived from crab, lobster and shrimp shells, provides an environmentally responsible alternative to detackifiers derived from non-renewable, petroleum-based raw materials or based on chemistries containing residual-free formaldehyde.

Green Logic paint detackifier has been named “best in class” by OEM users and nominated for many environmental awards because it helps automakers realize performance gains in paint detackification and overall paint spray booth operations. It also offers greater ease of operation and savings from reduced spray booth maintenance, biocide use and wastewater treatment. For more information, visit the PPG Automotive Coatings Web site.

PPG also received honorable mention in the manufacturing process and capital equipment category for 100 percent Esta bell waterborne basecoat – a European technology that uses a one-coat bell application. The innovative, environmentally responsible basecoat enables automotive manufacturers to reduce overall system costs and improve first-run capability without sacrificing performance by eliminating the need for a second pass of basecoat while still producing light metallic color matches that satisfy automakers’ requirements.

The Automotive News PACE Award honors suppliers who have embraced innovation or adapted and reinvented themselves to exceed the constantly rising expectations of their OEM customers and automotive consumers. PPG and other finalist and honorable mention companies were chosen from a thorough review of written submissions. In the coming months a panel of judges from industry, academia and business will conduct site visits for finalists to select winners, who will be announced in Detroit on April 14, 2008.

On the forefront of innovation in decorative and protective coatings and environmental application concerns since 1924, PPG helps automakers advance coatings technologies and application processes.

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. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Green Logic is a trademark of PPG Industries.


Simon Cheung
PPG Automotive Coatings

Leslie Dagg
Bianchi Public Relations