PPG relocates China automotive refinish operations to Songjiang, Shanghai

Shanghai training center commences operation at new site

PPG executives and honored guests took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the relocation of PPG’s automotive refinish operations in China and the inauguration of a new Shanghai training center for automotive technicians.

PPG’s new Shanghai training center for automotive refinish technicians covers 3,000 square meters and includes state-of-the-art equipment.

SHANGHAI, May 31, 2012 – PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish operations in China recently relocated to a plant in Songjiang, Shanghai. PPG executives, together with nearly 200 guests from leading automotive aftermarket companies, automotive manufacturers, automotive dealers, PPG suppliers, PPG authorized distributors and partner schools, attended the relocation ceremony.

In their welcoming remarks, both Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO, and Mike Horton, PPG president, Asia Pacific, spoke of PPG’s commitment to the Chinese market and expressed their confidence in the market’s growth potential, particularly in the automotive refinish sector.

Pauline Yuen, PPG vice president, refinish coatings and light industrial coatings, Asia, said, “Since its entry into China in the 1980s, PPG’s automotive refinish business has built an extensive service network and strong brand awareness with a large base of loyal customers. The purpose of the relocation was to fulfill growing demand from local customers. At the new site, with improved facilities and our talented people, we will continue to provide cutting-edge products and superior service to Chinese customers.”

The ceremony also marked the inauguration of a Shanghai training center for PPG’s automotive refinish business. “Talent development has been part of our strategic focus for the global market, as skilled technicians are better able to use our refinish coatings products to full effect,” said James Yang, PPG general manager of automotive refinish and light industrial coatings, China. “In addition, we wish to promote the overall growth of the spray finishing industry in China by continually investing in talent development programs.”
PPG has built training centers for automotive spray finishing in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, providing training for thousands of technicians from automotive manufacturers, auto service center and car dealers. The new Shanghai training center covers 3,000 square meters and includes state-of-the-art equipment to offer enhanced training for automotive refinish technicians.

PPG offers a wide array of refinish brands such as DELTRON(R), NEXA AUTOCOLOR(R), ACS(R) and EMAXX(R) coatings in addition to a full line of coatings systems and products for the light industrial, alternative energy and rail transportation sectors. PPG was the first company to introduce waterborne automotive coatings products to China, offering AQUABASE(R) Plus and ENVIROBASE(R) High Performance coatings to help promote a “greener” automotive aftermarket in China.

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 2011 were $14.9 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 ACS and Design, Aquabase, PPG Deltron and Design, EmaXX, Envirobase, and Nexa and Nexa Autocolor are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Hunter Lee
PPG China
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