Ford gives approval to new PPG, NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand products

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 23, 2010 – A new line of PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) and NEXA AUTOCOLOR(R) brand low-volatile organic compound (VOC) clears, primers and sealers has received approval in North America, on a global basis, directed toward use for warranty repairs on Ford cars and trucks. The PPG and NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand products have been produced for use with ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance basecoats and NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand AQUABASE(R) Plus waterborne basecoats by PPG, which have already been approved for use by Ford. The new products were all extensively tested and evaluated to make certain they could meet Ford's quality standards.

“Once again, PPG has provided us with the consistently high product quality we expect from them in all their products,” said Gerry Bonanni, Ford senior engineer, paint and body repair. “These new, ecologically sensitive, low-VOC coatings will make a welcome addition to the already long list of PPG products we have approved.”

The approvals cover product lines including PPG’s EC700 series clears, ECP10 series primers and ECS20/ECS60 series sealers, as well as NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand P190-6759/6790 clears, P565-314x/312x sealers and P565-540x primers. Intended to be “one-visit clears,” EC700 series and NEXA AUTOCOLOR brand P190-6759/6790 clearcoats eliminate long flash times between coats, reducing cycle time with no compromise in quality or appearance for high-production shops. In addition, Ford approved PPG’s D8113 matte clearcoat, which has flattening agents that help produce a low-gloss finish Ford can offer to support the growing desire in the marketplace for matte finishes on OEM vehicles.

For more information 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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