PPG Aerospace lightweight fuel tank sealant improves airplane fuel efficiency

First product qualified to new SAE standard cures in half the time


SYLMAR, Calif., Feb. 24, 2009 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business has introduced its lightest fuel tank sealant, designed to add less weight to an airplane for enhanced fuel efficiency while affording rapid curing to meet the needs of today’s higher aircraft build rates.

PR-2007 polysulfide sealant made by PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the first product qualified to SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) 3281 Type II for low-density, fuel-resistant polysulfide sealing compound and the lightest AMS-qualified aircraft sealant, according to Bill Keller, PPG Aerospace global segment manager for aerospace sealants.

“Using proprietary technology, we are taking sealant weight reduction to a new level,” Keller said. “With the thousands of fuel tank fasteners on an aircraft, sealant application can represent considerable weight. Our previous-generation product, PR-1776, affords a 20-percent weight savings over traditional sealants. PR-2007 provides another 10-percent weight savings on top of that. Specific gravity of cured PR-2007 sealant is just 1.1, slightly above the density of water, compared with 1.29 for PR-1776.”

PR-2007 sealant also cures in about half the time of PR-1776 sealant, Keller noted.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer of aerospace sealants, coatings, and packaging and application systems. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies.

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 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

 

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Contact:
Audrey Fujimoto
PPG Aerospace
818-741-1685
audrey.fujimoto@ppg.com
www.ppgaerospace.com

Jean Verlich
JV Communications
(781) 849-2028
jverlich@jvcommunications.com
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