PPG provides SUNGATE infrared-reflective glass roof for Ford Mustang

Ford becomes first manufacturer to feature fuel-saving PPG technology


DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2008 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) is helping Ford Motor Co. become the world’s first car manufacturer to feature a panoramic glass roof using Sungate infrared-reflective (IRR) glass technology. The fixed-glass roof rejects more than 95 percent of the sun’s infrared energy while allowing more than twice the visible light of a conventional glass roof, providing a unique “open air” look to the vehicle. Rejecting the infrared energy keeps the car interior significantly cooler and contributes to fuel savings when the air conditioner is running.

“The panoramic roof of Sungate glass provides the equivalent of 50+ SPF ultraviolet (UV) protection, rejecting more than 99 percent of UV energy,” said Mukesh Rustagi, PPG global product market manager. “It’s basically the sun without the burn. You couldn’t buy a sunscreen lotion this good.”

Because the panoramic glass roof reduces transmission of UV and IR solar energy, it helps reduce interior heat buildup, shortening cool-down time and reducing heat gain while driving. Consumers do not feel as hot when they enter the vehicle in hot weather, and the vehicle gets to a more comfortable condition quicker when the air conditioner is turned on because it has less heat in it.

“PPG’s long partnership with Ford and Webasto led to the use of the Sungate IRR glass technology, which provides the look drivers want with the added benefit of a more comfortable driving experience,” Rustagi said.

According to Rustagi, the Sungate IRR glass technology reduces the initial workload on a vehicle’s air conditioning system, which represents the biggest use of power for climate control in a vehicle. “Because the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, fuel efficiency increases, and emissions are reduced,” he said.

The Mustang fixed-roof glass uses the same technology PPG features in its Sungate glass windshield. Rustagi said PPG believes the use of Sungate glass will help automakers meet the tougher emissions and fuel economy requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) revised Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (SFTP) without compromising vehicle affordability, safety or performance. In addition, using Sungate glass technology enables automakers to better satisfy consumer demand for environmentally-responsible technology.

According to Rustagi, PPG’s panoramic glass application in the Mustang also uses the company’s enhanced acoustic glass, as found in the SoundMaster windshield by PPG. The Mustang glass roof enables noise reduction of greater than 8 decibels (dB) over standard tempered glass roofs at certain frequencies relevant to human hearing. The result is a quieter and more pleasant ride.

The 2009 Ford Mustang will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show, Jan. 13-27. The new roof will be available on both the Mustang GT and the V-6 Mustang beginning in summer 2008.

Consumer market research shows that 62 percent of buyers in the sports car segment are interested in having a sunroof or moonroof on their next vehicles. In fact, production of large sunroofs has increased nearly 200 percent in North America since 2003, according to just-auto.com, the automotive industry's leading online resource. This trend is being driven in part by consumers’ daily commute time. The number of consumers with commutes of more than 60 minutes increased almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

SoundMaster and Sungate are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Mukesh Rustagi
Automotive Glass & Services
412-820-8123
rustagi@ppg.com

Brian Tedeschi or Kirstian Druschel
Think Communications, Inc.
412-281-9228
brian@thinkcreativity.com or kirstian@thinkcreativity.com
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