PPG launches industry-first online training for waterborne refinish basecoat

PPG launched an online training program for waterborne refinish basecoat systems at the 28th Green Power Forum, an event organized by the PPG Service Managers Club. It is the first online multimedia training program for standardized waterborne painting in the industry.

The online program can be accessed by scanning this QR code.
WUXI, China, July 19, 2013 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that it has launched an online training program for waterborne refinish basecoat systems that is the first of its kind in the industry. The announcement was made during the Green Power Forum, an event organized by the PPG Service Managers Club and held recently in Wuxi, China.

Nearly 300 guests attended the forum, including officials from the China Ministry of Education and China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association, as well as representatives from leading automotive manufacturers such as Guangzhou Honda, FAW-Volkswagen, Lexus and Volvo, faculty from local vocational schools, and executives from automotive refinishing companies in Jiangsu and Shanghai.

As leading supplier of automotive coatings, PPG was the first company to introduce a waterborne refinish basecoat product and a pioneer in sustainable automotive maintenance. The online program covers six segments: the properties of waterborne paint, tools and equipment for waterborne painting, protective equipment required in painting process, color matching process, the standard repair process and practical skills & tips. It highlights the excellent performance and environmental advantages of waterborne basecoat systems and the standard repair process they require. The program can be viewed online or accessed via a QR code and viewed on a mobile device.

"The move toward waterborne coatings is a major trend for the automotive refinish sector,” said Pauline Yuen, PPG vice president, refinish and light industrial coatings, Asia. “Through this program, we hope to accelerate the standardization of the waterborne painting process to help promote sustainable development of the automotive refinish industry in China, in line with PPG’s commitment to sustainability."

With increasing car ownership, consumption of automotive refinish coatings is growing rapidly. Controlling and reducing VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions during the maintenance process is vitally important for environmental sustainability in the automotive refinish industry. If 10 percent of all B&P shops in China converted to using waterborne basecoat, the reduction in VOC emissions would be approximately equivalent to the volume of exhaust emitted by 200,000 cars each year (assuming 4,000 cars are repaired at each shop every year and 0.3 liters of basecoat are used to spray one auto part).

The Green Power Forum, themed "Looking to green products for sustainable development," provided a platform for participants to exchange ideas and insights on new sustainability trends in the automotive refinish industry, especially in the B&P segment.

"We are very pleased to host the 28th Green Power Forum this year,” said James Yang, PPG general manager of automotive refinish and light industrial coatings, Greater China. “PPG is committed to promoting the sustainable development of China’s automotive refinish industry by organizing events through the PPG Service Managers Club to facilitate the exchange of skills and ideas among industry leaders and to boost the operating efficiency and financial results of refinishing companies."

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 nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

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Hunter Lee
PPG China
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