PPG expands partnership with Meiller


From left, Bernd Schulz, PPG technical service representative, industrial coatings, Germany; Reinhard Bartscherer, PPG sales director for general industrial coatings Western Europe and Transco Europe; Feridun Akmaz, PPG sales manager, industrial coatings, Turkey; and Richard Makala, PPG distribution business segment manager, EMEA region, stand before the first trailer produced and painted at the Meiller-Dogus facility in Sakarya.
SAKARYA, Turkey, June 23, 2008 –
PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has been named the coatings supplier for the new Meiller-Dogus plant here, which will produce tippers and trailers for the heavy-duty truck (HDT) market.

“This continues the partnership PPG has built with Meiller-Dogus throughout Europe,” said Reinhard Bartscherer, PPG sales director for general industrial coatings Western Europe and Transco Europe. ”We worked very closely on the design of the paint line, specifying the best possible products to optimize the process.”

PPG coatings experts are also providing training and on-site support to Meiller-Dogus employees during the initial phases of operation.

As a major coatings supplier to HDT manufacturers, PPG has created a process to ensure color compatibility and optimum coatings performance for the tippers and trailers produced at the new Meiller-Dogus plant. PPG has been the sole supplier to Meiller throughout Europe since 2002, supplying coatings, paint technologies and technical support to facilities in Germany, Czech Republic and Poland and offering durable, environmentally-responsible coatings such as Spectracron primers, Durethane topcoats and Aquacron paint systems.

PPG started operations in Turkey in 1994, primarily in the areas of electrocoats and liquid solventborne technologies to serve the automotive, industrial and automotive refinish segments. In response to the growth emerging in Turkey and the increasing demands of its customers, PPG has invested in local production through several technology platforms. The company’s latest paint platforms include waterborne basecoat and solventborne intermixable technologies launched in 2007 and pretreatment launched this year.

For more information about PPG Industrial Coatings, visit www.industrial-coatings.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.

Aquacron, Durethane and Spectracon are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Contact:
Chantal Chacun
PPG Industrial Coatings Europe
+48 22 531 67 13
chacun@ppg.com
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