PPG Performance Glazings unfolds pioneering, eco-friendly technology to Chinese market


SHANGHAI, May 27, 2009 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) Performance Glazings business announced it will bring quality glass products and advanced technologies to the China market at the renowned Chinaglass 2009 exhibition in Shanghai. PPG showcased its advanced float glass technology, energy-saving low-emissivity glass, solar control glass and the Oceans of Color collection of spectrally-selective tinted glass.

Jeff Yigdall, director of engineering and international business, PPG performance glazings, said, “PPG has licensed high-quality float glass technology to a selection of Chinese glass manufacturers for several years. We will continue to bring advanced technology, such as our ultra-clear or spectrally selective tints to this growing market.” During the manufacturing process of float glass, PPG’s pioneering oxygen-fuel glass furnace was used, improving glass quality and reduced environmental emissions. Today, seven of about 20 imported high-performance float glass lines built in China are using PPG technology.

Yigdall added, “PPG will bring glass technology in the form of high-performance low-e glasses and solar technology to the Chinese construction market.”

PPG has led the way in the development of low-e glasses. To date, Solarban low-e glass by PPG is still manufactured in North America and is currently available through the PPG International Certified Fabricator Program in China. The clear-glass aesthetics and environmental advantages associated with Solarban glass have made it a favorite among environmentally progressive architects. Acceptance of Solarban glass is widespread in the United States and increasing around the world.

When solar radiation passes through glass, it can be reflected, absorbed or transmitted. PPG designed high-performance low-e coatings to deliver high visible light transmittance while blocking ultraviolet and infrared solar radiation. In addition, PPG has a long history of innovation in the development of stacked, thin-film coatings for glass. Over the past quarter-century, the company has advanced thin-film coating technology, which is now being directed toward the production of solar energy.

The high energy performance of PPG’s glazing products makes them perfect for sustainable "green" building projects around the world. PPG manufactures a variety of glass, coatings and paint products that help architects and building owners earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED credits. Bill Klingensmith, director of business development, PPG performance glazings international, said, ”We want to see PPG’s leading energy-efficiency design being applied in new building projects throughout China. We will see how to transfer the technology and give operational support to this exciting and booming market.”

To learn more or request a sample, visit www.ppgideascapes.com or call 1-888-PPG-IDEA (774-4332).

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, 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.

Oceans of Color and Solarban are trademarks of PPG Industries.



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Hunter Lee
PPG China

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Hunter Lee
PPG China
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