PPG completes divestiture of fine chemicals business

Italian company purchases pharmaceutical intermediates business


PITTSBURGH, Nov. 30, 2007 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) today completed the sale of its fine chemicals business to ZaCh System S.p.A., the fine chemicals subsidiary of Zambon Company S.p.A., Milan, Italy, for approximately $65 million.

“This transaction is an important element in PPG’s strategy to focus its efforts on continuing to be a leader in coatings and specialty products and services,” said Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer.

PPG facilities included in the agreement are a fine chemicals plant in LaPorte, Texas, and the PPG-Sipsy facility in Avrillé, France. The fine chemicals plant in LaPorte operates separately from an adjacent phosgene derivatives facility, which is being retained by PPG. The fine chemicals business employs approximately 360 people.

About ZaCh System S.p.A. and Zambon Company S.p.A.
Milan-based ZaCh System S.p.A., with manufacturing in Lonigo (Vicenza), is the fine chemicals subsidiary of Zambon Company S.p.A. Zambon Company is a leading pharmaceutical and chemical multinational with a reputation for inventive and innovative thinking, flexibility and customer focus. Operating directly on three continents – Europe, South America and Asia – with more than 2,300 employees in 16 countries and consolidated sales of €480m, Zambon is a multicultural group with close links to its local markets and the international research community. These strengths, combined with diversified research, product and distribution-channel strategies, ensure that the Zambon Company consistently outperforms its competitors and the market. Founded in Vicenza in 1906, the company values its track record of having initiated trends on the leading edge of the industry and is proud of the rich portfolio of products with which it improves the quality of life of thousands of people worldwide. Zambon’s leading brand names are Flumicil®, Monuril® and Spedifen®.

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 Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this news release relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements reflecting the company's current view with respect to future events or objectives and financial or operational performance or results. These matters involve risks and uncertainties as discussed in PPG Industries' periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, and its current reports on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's forward-looking statements.

Among these factors are increasing price and product competition by foreign and domestic competitors, fluctuations in cost and availability of raw materials and energy, the ability to maintain favorable supplier relationships and arrangements, economic and political conditions in international markets, foreign exchange rates and fluctuations in such rates, the impact of environmental regulations, unexpected business disruptions and the unpredictability of possible future litigation, including litigation that could result if the asbestos settlement discussed in PPG's filings with the SEC does not become effective. However, it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, while the list of factors presented here is considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements.

Consequences of material differences in results as compared with those anticipated in the forward-looking statements could include, among other things, business disruption, operational problems, financial loss, legal liability to third parties and similar risks, any of which could have a material adverse effect on PPG's consolidated financial condition, operations or liquidity.

 

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jmaurer@ppg.com

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