PPG MVP Business Solutions conference workshops offer 'Journey to Excellence'

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio,  March 1, 2011 – PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business announced that registration is now open for the MVP Business Solutions conference for collision shop owners and managers at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, Calif., March 27-29. Complementing a lineup of internationally known keynote speakers and informative seminars, the conference also will include interactive workshops to provide participants with practical applications for their collision center operations.

To continue bringing leading-edge "lean" thinking to PPG MVP customers, the workshops will focus heavily on throughput and lean applications. Workshops offered include:

  • The Lean Journey in Collision – A roadmap to implementation: The lean journey is one of continuous improvement. The Lean Journey in Collision workshop will review an implementation plan that can be used as a starting point for those who are beginning to apply lean processes or as a benchmark for those who need to get back on track. Workshop highlights include leadership and training, implementation planning, X-ray repair planning, 5S and workplace organization, and value stream mapping.
  • Value Stream Mapping – Using the power of the value stream map to align your organization around the greatest waste elimination opportunity: Value stream mapping is a way of aligning your organization and eliminating waste. Collision center owners and managers know changes to their shop processes must be made to obtain improvement; however, change can be difficult. It is important that collision centers develop a way of routinely evaluating where their real next opportunity lies in eliminating waste from the collision center process. The Value Stream Mapping workshop will include exercises around the construction of a value stream map with participants using their own shop data to develop a map to illustrate their performance.
  • Load Leveling – The impact of leveling volume and mix to a process with practical applications in collision repair: Most, if not all, collision centers face load-leveling issues and significant variation in workflow, including the classic dilemma of overscheduling production for fear of losing a repair to a competitor. The Load Leveling workshop will look at the effect that variation in work volume and mix has on the production process and will explore practical workload leveling systems that have been used successfully in collision centers.

For more about throughput or lean applications and the MVP conference, visit www.ppgmvp.com. Online registration is now open, with all owners and managers of collision centers using PPG Automotive Refinish products welcome to attend.

When introduced more than a decade ago, MVP Services was the first program of its kind in the collision repair industry. Since then, thousands of collision center owners and managers have taken advantage of MVP Business Solutions' innovative services to improve the way they run their businesses. Green Belt Training is part of the MVP program.

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 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Norm Angrove
PPG Automotive Refinish