PPG offers outside payout applications for thermoset reinforcement materials

No-twist filaments help customers create stronger products and explore new markets

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 11, 2011 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) fiber glass business is currently customer-testing outside payout applications of its direct draw reinforcement material. An outside-in payout application minimizes the twist of filaments and allows manufacturers to create thinner and denser, yet lighter-weight layers of laminate, according to Greg Terchick, PPG sales director for fiber glass reinforcements in the Americas.

“Products such as flexible pipe cannot be manufactured with any other type of material payout,” Terchick said. “Offering outside payout for PPG thermoset materials will enable our customers in the pipe and tank industries to create stronger products that achieve higher performance using the same amount of or less glass.”

Kevin McDonald, PPG general manager of fiber glass reinforcements in the Americas and EMEA added that, “Not only can our customers get better performance and strength results with outside payout, they can explore and enter markets not available to them with conventional payout applications.”

PPG is developing this direct draw packaging application in the United States with global launch and availability expected by the fourth quarter 2011. The company also offers outside payout in thermoplastic material with TUFROV(R) long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) products.

PPG Fiber Glass is a global manufacturer of reinforcement materials for thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications with manufacturing and research facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. It serves the transportation, energy, infrastructure and consumer markets, as well as electronic circuit board and specialty yarn markets. For more information, visit www.ppgfiberglass.com.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the world. 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.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and TUFROV is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Laurie Cochran
PPG Fiber Glass