New PPG, NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand products receive GM approval

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2010 – A new line of PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) and NEXA AUTOCOLOR(R) brand low-volatile organic compound (VOC) automotive refinish clears, primers and sealers has received North American approval by General Motors for warranty repairs on its vehicles. The products are designed for use with ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance or NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand AQUABASE(R) Plus waterborne basecoats. Each product was subjected to comprehensive testing to ensure it met GM’s rigorous quality standard known in the industry as Specification GMW15406.

The approvals cover product lines including PPG’s EC700 series clears, ECP10 series primers and ECS20/ECS60 series sealers. Also approved are NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand P190-6759/6790 clears, P565-314x/312x sealers, and P565-540x primers. Intended as “one-visit clears,” EC700 series and NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand P190-6759/6790 coatings eliminate the long flash times between coats, reducing cycle time with no compromise in the quality or appearance required by high-production shops.

“Not only do these products have exceptional performance properties that typify PPG, they also reduce the negative impact on the environment by further lowering VOC emissions,” said Bob Hiser, GM lead service engineer. “We’re pleased to add them to the list of our other GM-approved PPG products.”

PPG’s D8113 matte clearcoat has also earned GM approval. Instead of using a flattening agent to achieve low gloss with existing clears, D8113 was formulated as a matte finish to help automotive manufacturers meet the growing trend.

For more about these and other PPG products, call 800-647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website at www.ppgrefinish.com.

About PPG
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Aquabase, Envirobase and NEXA AUTOCOLOR are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
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Contact:
Cindy Piazza
PPG Automotive Refinish
440-572-2800
piazza@ppg.com
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