PPG expands online technical training courses

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, June 2, 2009 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) automotive refinish business has expanded its online video technical training courses for collision center technicians, distributors and students. Developed through a partnership between PPG Automotive Refinish and 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket team, each online course is designed to teach an established standard technical repair process. The courses are available in the United States and Canada through the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site, www.ppgrefinish.com.

“It’s always been our goal to extend our training reach, providing technicians with another resource on best practices for refinishing a vehicle,” said Bill Troyer, director of training, PPG. “Offering online training complements our instructor-led classes and has become an important learning mechanism for collision centers looking to standardize their repair operations.”

Robert Hill, PPG technical sales instructor supervisor, central Canada, said, “Today’s technology enables technicians to access these courses 24-7 anywhere they have a computer in the United States and Canada.”

PPG’s new Online Technical Training video courses are focused on teaching the best practice for a standard refinish repair procedure. Thirteen courses are offered currently, covering the most common refinish operations from light body repair, electrocoat panel preparation, plastic panel preparation, priming and sealing, color identification, and personal protective equipment.

The online courses use proven methodology for teaching students of varying skills and abilities and are available for PPG and NEXA Autocolor products. Upon completing a course and passing an associated quiz, the student receives a certificate of completion.

For more information about PPG Online Technical Training, call 800-970-2283 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish Web site at www.ppgrefinish.com.

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.

NEXA Autocolor is a trademark of PPG Industries.




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