PPG to present seminars at NACE

Seminars to focus on color accuracy, throughput performance


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2008 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business will present four seminars at the upcoming NACE Expo in Las Vegas. The seminars are designed to help attendees improve their accuracy in matching original-equipment color variations and gain a greater understanding of steps they can take to improve repair process performance and compete successfully in today’s marketplace.

“Demystifying the Source of OE Color Variances,” led by Mike Henry, PPG manager, color print tools, will cover sources of color variation at the OEM level and help attendees understand techniques that can best identify and match a customer’s vehicle color when it varies from the OE standard. This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8:30-10 a.m., at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

PPG’s MVP Business Solutions team of collision center throughput performance experts will host three seminars covering trends and challenges impacting today’s collision repair centers and how to cope with them successfully.

“Competing in the 21st Century,” conducted by David Knapp, PPG senior business manager, will explore industry and business challenges facing collision shop owners and managers and how focusing on key critical success factors can significantly improve a shop’s ability to gain a competitive advantage in quality, throughput and cost. According to Knapp, the overall mission of the seminar is to help attendees gain a vision of how they can transform today’s challenges into opportunities and achieve sustainable growth and profitability. This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1:30-3 p.m.

MVP’s “Practical Application of Lean Six Sigma for Collision” seminar will focus on understanding the proven process improvement science of Lean Six Sigma and how these principles can be applied practically to the collision repair process. Led by Rich Altieri, PPG senior business manager, and Jim Berkey, director of MVP Business Solutions, the seminar aims to provide an understanding of the difference between throughput and efficiency and how practical changes in the repair process can improve cycle time – a factor increasingly being considered in the decision-making process of both insurers and consumers. This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3:30-5 p.m.

A third MVP seminar, “Kaizen Management: Building a Continuous Improvement Culture,” will focus on developing the full potential of the collision shop’s work force as a key means of improving overall performance and profitability. Co-taught by Randy Dewing, an MVP Black Belt consultant, and Michael Gunnells, MVP Business Solutions manager, the seminar explores how shops can best train and grow their top talent from within as well as improve processes through analysis and refinement. The seminar has been approved for credit from AMI, the Automotive Management Institute, and is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-5:30 p.m.

To learn more about PPG’s color-matching initiatives and tools and to meet representatives from the MVP Business Solutions team, visit PPG Automotive Refinish at the NACE Expo, Booth N1919, Nov. 6-8.

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.

 

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Contact:
Paul Ong
PPG Automotive Refinish
440/572-2800
ong@ppg.com

Calvinia Fields
PPG Automotive Refinish
440/572-2800
cfields@ppg.com
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