Judges and contestants at the Guangzhou Selection Match
Competitors test their skills in a paint-spraying booth.
Automotive repair industry representatives sound the “PPG Green Dream Car” horn to announce kickoff of the 7th PPG Cup Auto Body Painting (Waterborne Paints) Contest: James Yang (first from left), PPG general manager of automotive refinish and light industrial coatings, Greater China; Wang Fengling, deputy secretary general, China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association; Ruan Guolian, chairman, Guangdong Transport Trade Union; Sun Shouren, president, China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association; Liu Jianping, president, Guangzhou Traffic and Transport Vocational School; Pauline Yuen, PPG vice president, refinish coatings and light industrial coatings, Asia; and Zhou Shizhong, vice chairman, Guangzhou Road Transport Association.
GUANGZHOU, China, May 29, 2015 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) recently helped organize the 7th “PPG Cup” Auto Body Painting (Waterborne Paints) contest as part of the 2015 National Automotive Application and Repair Skills Competition in Guangzhou, China. Competition organizers also included the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the National Committee of the Chinese Seamen and Construction Workers Union, the Vocational Qualification Center-Ministry of Transport and China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association.
PPG provides eco-friendly waterborne paints and low-VOC (volatile organic compound), high-solids coatings for use by participants in the first nationwide individual contest in China for body painting in the transportation industry. The competition kicked off April 16 in Beijing and will last for seven months, with more than 10,000 contestants expected to take part in selection matches all over the country. The first match included 57 contestants and took place in Guangdong province, with Zhang Huijun of Meihuayuan Auto Body Repair in Guangzhou city earning first place.
“The purpose of this competition is to train professionals in using new technologies, processes and equipment and to promote the concept of sustainability in the automotive maintenance industry,” said Sun Shouren, president of the China Automotive Maintenance and Repair Trade Association.
A highlight of the competition was the “PPG Green Dream Car,” with a green body and color patterns symbolizing a sustainable industry that were painted using PPG waterborne paints and low-VOC/high-solids coatings. To announce the kickoff of the 7th PPG Cup Auto Body Painting (Waterborne Paints) Contest, representatives from companies in the automotive repair industry including PPG executives Pauline Yuen, vice president, refinish coatings and light industrial coatings, Asia, and James Yang, PPG general manager of automotive refinish and light industrial coatings, Greater China, sounded the PPG Green Dream Car horn.
“This competition promotes ‘green’ automotive maintenance and the use of eco-friendly waterborne paints, and our involvement is one way PPG helps advocate for green automotive maintenance practices in China,” Yuen said. “As an early developer of waterborne refinish basecoat technology and an ongoing leader in the field, PPG is dedicated to assisting the industry in promoting green maintenance practices and sustainable development. It is our mission to help improve air quality and make China a better place to live.”
As a pioneer in "green" automotive maintenance technologies, PPG has been helping original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftersales refinish customers increase their use of waterborne and high-solids automotive body coatings technologies since the 1980s to reduce the emission of VOCs. In 2013, PPG launched an industry-first online training program for waterborne refinish basecoat system application, aiming to accelerate the use of waterborne painting products and processes in China’s automotive maintenance sector and to facilitate the sustainable development of the entire coatings and automotive industries.
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