PPG Aerospace begins use of chromate-free moisture seal on windshields

Rebate extended on purchases of PPG replacement windshields for Challenger jets


PARIS, June 15, 2009 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace business has begun using its chromate-free polysulfide aircraft window sealant on its glass-faced acrylic replacement windshields for Bombardier Challenger 600 Series business jets to provide operators with an environmentally-responsible moisture seal.

It is the first commercial application for PR-1425CF sealant, according to Jim Romano, PPG Aerospace global sales director for commercial aftermarket transparencies.

The PPG glass-faced acrylic replacement windshield for Challenger 600, 601, 604 and 605 jets combines the chemical and abrasion resistance of glass with the weight-saving benefits of plastic. The new-design windshield has an expected service life of more than double that of the all-acrylic part it replaces, based on expected service life of similar windshields.

“Benefitting from its unique position as a leader in aerospace sealants and transparencies, PPG Aerospace brings PR-1425CF sealant to market with about 4,000 hours of in-flight test data on different airframe types,” Romano said.

PPG tests also have shown PR-1425CF to be compatible with PR-1425 polysulfide sealant, so the new fast-curing, environmentally-responsible sealant can be used to repair a moisture seal made with PR-1425 sealant, he said.

PPG has extended its offer to qualified operators of Challenger 600 Series jets of a $10,000 rebate through the end of August on purchases of the new-design glass-faced acrylic replacement windshield, which lists for $52,000.

Paris Air Show visitors can see the new-design glass-faced windshield for Challenger 600 Series jets and get information about PR-1425CF sealant at PPG Aerospace’s display at Hall 2B, Stand D57. The International Paris Air Show is June 15-21 at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.

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

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 US$15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

NOTE: This news release is part of the PPG Aerospace Paris Air Show press kit, which is available in its entirety at www.virtualpressoffice.com/kit/ppg .

Bombardier, Challenger, Challenger 600, Challenger 601, Challenger 604 and Challenger 605 are either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

 

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

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