PPG discusses optical technology at Tianjin Medical University

Helping students understand industry trends for optical careers

TIANJIN, China, Dec. 21, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) optical products business representatives presented a lecture on “High-Tech Spectacle Materials in the 21st Century Optometry and Eye Care Industry” for teachers and students in the college of Optometry and Ophthalmology at Tianjin Medical University on Nov. 24. More than 200 students and faculty members, including the party branch secretary of the university, attended this lecture.

PPG optical products executives briefed attendees on innovations in optical technology, encouraging students to learn about new industry products and developments in order to provide better service to patients. As a leading producer of optical-grade monomers used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses, PPG makes products such as TRIVEX(R) lens material and NXT(R) sunlenses made with Trivex material that offer characteristics such as light weight, high clarity, safety and durability.

“We understand that medical universities such as this one help to develop tomorrow’s ophthalmological talent and industry,” said Vivian Waters, PPG director of optical materials business development, Asia Pacific. “We hope presentations such as this may help universities to provide better optical career education, promote eyesight correction throughout the region and bring healthy sight to all.”

Ms. Cathy Yan, general manager, government affairs and business development, PPG Asia/Pacific, said, “PPG holds recognition of the concerns and needs of society as a key value. The company consistently shows concern for the development of education and the cultivation of professional talent in China and around the world. Providing students with broader knowledge and experiences through efforts such as this one will help them to become better professionals in the future who can enrich enterprises such as PPG.”

PPG representatives recently offered career guidance to students at Tianjin University and Nankai University and donated newspapers and books for needy students. PPG currently supports scholarship programs at nine universities in China.

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.

Trivex is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
NXT is a registered trademark of Intercast Europe S.r.L.
Hunter Lee
PPG China
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