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Leadership in Innovation

PPG maintains a long-standing tradition of developing leading-edge technologies, achieving the highest quality standards and meeting customers’ requirements.  Through leadership in innovation, 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.

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Read a few recent examples of how PPG’s innovative technologies help ensure our company—and our customers—stand out in a competitive world:

PPG partners with new-energy vehicle company in China

As a partner to new-energy vehicle (NEV) company Weltmeister (WM), PPG China has developed colors for WM’s EX6, a compact all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) that debuted at the 2018 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2018).

"The PPG color-styling team worked closely with WM’s design group to achieve the brilliant results on display at the Beijing auto show," said Cindy Li, PPG color development and styling manager, Asia Pacific.

In addition to creating colors for the display vehicle, PPG also created colors for the EX6 vehicle that will be introduced in the Chinese market later this year.

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PPG helps restore Tent of Tomorrow

More than 2,000 gallons of PPG’s AMERCOAT® coatings were used to refurbish the “Tent of Tomorrow” at the New York State Pavilion, an historic attraction erected in Queens 51 years ago to celebrate the 1964 World’s Fair. The Tent of Tomorrow was one of three components constructed as part of the original pavilion, designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson and internationally known civil engineer Lev Zetlin.

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PPG's innovation efforts recently profiled in Forbes.com

PPG Innovation More Than Skin Deep

Buildings using smart coatings that absorb pollution. Airplanes wrapped in heat-deflecting tech borrowed from eggplant biology. Surfaces of wind turbine blades that slice through the air with practically no drag.

PPG doesn’t just make paint anymore, and its approach to surface coatings reveals much about the drivers and processes of successful innovation.

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PPG receives U.S. Department of Energy funding for next-generation glazing technology

PPG, a recognized leader in energy efficient window technologies, has received funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) for a $2.86 million project to develop a fabricate-on-demand manufacturing process for vacuum insulated glazings (VIGs).

The DOE Building Technologies Office is contributing $2 million to the project, with the remaining funding provided through in-kind services from PPG and project partners. The proposal was collaborative effort between PPG’s business and research teams. Its implementation is expected to launch the next generation of energy efficient window manufacturing technology.

VIGs should provide higher insulating performance than current energy-efficient windows and will retrofit into existing walls more easily than today’s triple-pane windows. However, current VIGs are susceptible to easy stress-induced breakage during fabrication and in use, making them difficult and expensive to manufacture. This project’s goal is to make VIG manufacturing technically and economically feasible for window makers.

PPG earns Environmental Achievement Award for GREEN LOGIC Matrix systems

PPG's GREEN LOGIC® Matrix paint detackifier systems for automotive manufacturing have been recognized by the Environmental Management Association with the 2014 Environmental Achievement Award for exhibiting a commitment to the environment and using resources from the environment to provide innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

“Innovative automotive coatings products that help manufacturers cut costs, increase efficiency and decrease waste during the coatings and production process are critical in today’s industry,” said Cindy Niekamp, PPG senior vice president, automotive coatings. “

The Green Logic Matrix detackifier system helps our automotive customers greatly reduce water consumption and waste in the production process. PPG is honored to be recognized for providing them with this groundbreaking sustainable product.”

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Goodyear to use AGILON performance silica

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has contracted to use AGILON® performance silica by PPG to increase the fuel efficiency of its tires. Goodyear will first use the next-generation reinforcing filler developed by PPG in EFFICIENTGRIP™ tires, a line of high-performance sport-utility-vehicle (SUV) tires debuting in Latin America this month. Goodyear plans to incorporate Agilon performance silica into future high-value-added tire launches in other regions in 2015.

Stirring Up Innovation: PPG makes a worldwide impact with industry-leading coatings and materials.

With more than $15 billion in sales and operations in 70 countries, PPG Industries has firmly established itself as a world leader in coatings and specialty materials. Leadership, innovation and sustainability fuel this unique status. But, it is PPG's passionate and smart people that make it all happen...read more.

Source: Made in PA Magazine (Fall 2014)

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Looking forward: Innovative coatings and materials must address energy

—Charles Bunch, Chairman and CEO of PPG Industries

The future of the coatings industry will require innovative solutions to address our customers’ greatest needs and challenges. While customers will continue to seek products that ensure safety and security, provide protection, and enhance functionality and aesthetics, the biggest challenges they face will be related to energy. Nowhere is that more apparent than in areas where increased amounts of energy are consumed—buildings, transportation, and industry itself.Every pound counts these days for car and airplane makers, and researchers at PPG Industries Inc. are working to help them achieve weight-savings goals.

Source: IHS Chemical Week (09/17/2014)

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PPG recognized by CIO magazine among CIO 100 Awards winners

PPG is among the 2014 CIO 100, the 27th annual award program of CIO Magazine recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. PPG is recognized for Glass eVIEW, the industry’s first digital glass visualization platform that helps architects see virtual glass in 3-D.

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PPG ignites research, manufacturing of new TV technology

Organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, manufactured by PPG Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh, could give televisions more vibrant colors and deeper blacks, make them thinner and lighter in weight, and most importantly, much more energy efficient.

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Working out the Bugs

Spend a few minutes in the PPG architectural coatings research and development laboratory in Albi, France, and eventually you’ll become aware of a curious, soft noise. Muffled crunching, maybe? No, you realize, it’s munching.

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ENVIROBASE® coatings expand an artist's palette

While the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting team relied on lyrics and melodies to paint strawberry fields and yellow submarines, artist Shannon MacDonald relies on PPG’s waterborne Envirobase High Performance system to create paintings of the Beatles.

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PPG researchers developing technologies to help increase fuel efficiency

When the Obama administration announced new fuel efficiency standards for U.S. cars and light trucks last August, researchers at PPG's Allison Park, Pa., Coatings Innovation Center (CIC) wanted to do their part to help automakers reach this target.

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U.S. Department of Energy honors PPG scientists for advances OLED lighting

PPG’s advances are the result of a two-year project initiated with the DOE in 2010 to promote the commercialization and mass production of OLED lighting. The PPG team led by Abhinav Bhandari, Ph.D., project engineer, has demonstrated a float glass-based integrated substrate with scalable light-extraction technologies and transparent conductive films for OLED lighting applications.

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PPG celebrates 50 years of Electrocoat

In 1963, PPG was the first company to introduce electrocoating technology at a Ford plant in Wixom, Michigan. Today, electrocoat technology has become the industry standard for corrosion protection. It has boosted the automotive industry because of its "green" credentials, high efficiency, uniform thickness and strong protection against corrosion.

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CERAMICLEAR® scratch-resistant automotive clearcoat is an industry-standard

What’s behind that fantastic shine on a Mercedes-Benz luxury automobile? No one is likely to say “a wood floor.” But that, in fact, was the genesis of PPG’s CeramiClear scratch-resistant automotive clearcoat, the industry-standard clearcoat that PPG pioneered with Mercedes.

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PPG wins 2013 Automotive News PACE Award for ANDARO® tint dispersions

Recognized as a "game changer" in the automotive industry, PPG"s Andaro tint dispersion technology enables automotive manufacturers to achieve a deep, pure and more chromatic color space than do traditional pigments, helping accentuate the feature lines and design characteristics of the vehicle.

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INNOFIBER® fiber glass pushes the boundaries of performance

Giant wind turbine blades, circuit boards and industrial pipelines might seem to have little in common, but a new family of PPG glass composition fibers can benefit all of them – and much more.

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