PPG marine coatings first to be approved under IMO performance standard

PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2008 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings (PMC) business today announced that SigmaPrime 700 and SigmaPrime 700 LT coatings will be applied to a vessel being built in Korea for Chandris Hellas that will be the first built in full compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) ballast tank coatings regulation titled Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC).

SigmaPrime 700 and SigmaPrime 700 LT coatings have received Lloyd’s Register type approval certificates in accordance with the IMO PSPC. The standard calls for shipyards, coatings manufacturers, ship owners and classification societies to ensure that protective coating systems in dedicated sea water ballast tanks are specified, qualified, applied and inspected throughout the ship's construction.

“We were delighted to receive this recognition of the quality and performance of our products,” said Steve Dickey, PPG director of global marketing, PMC. “As a leading provider of protective and marine coatings, we are dedicated to developing innovative products such as SigmaPrime 700 and SigmaPrime 700 LT coatings. Our products help protect customers’ assets in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and environments. We know how important it is to maintain good condition in key parts of a vessel, such as the sea water ballast tank, and we fully support this initiative to improve industrywide safety standards."

PPG’s protective and marine coatings products, including Amercoat coatings, Sigma Coatings and other brand families, cover projects in markets such as energy, infrastructure and marine. For more information, visit www.ppgpmc.com.

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’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Amercoat, Sigma Coatings and SigmaPrime are trademarks of PPG Industries.




Edward Brunins
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings