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Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, to deliver keynote address at ECOAT 18

PPG will demonstrate mobility coatings, substrate protection, color expertise at show

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2018 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that Kevin Braun, PPG vice president, industrial coatings, Americas, will deliver the keynote address for the opening session of ECOAT18, the biennial conference of The Electrocoat Association, April 24-26 at the Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort in Tampa, Florida.
As a Gold-level sponsor of the event, PPG also will exhibit its full array of integrated substrate-protection solutions. Six PPG electrocoat (e-coat) technical experts will play leadership roles in the conference.
Braun’s keynote address, titled “Major Evolving Trends in the Coatings Industry and Their Impact of Future Coatings Needs,” will review the convergence of two megatrends – digital transformation and the future of mobility – and the opportunities they present to the coatings industry. Specifically, his speech will examine how coatings manufacturers will need to evolve beyond developing products that prevent corrosion and provide color. They also must create materials that help functionalize a rapidly emerging mobility ecosystem. 
Visitors to the PPG display will find information about the following three new products the company has engineered to enhance substrate protection:
  • PPG POWERCRON® 9100HE coating, a high-edge, cationic epoxy offering excellent corrosion resistance in an advanced formulation that is free of heavy metals and offers low volatile organic compounds (VOCs);  
  • PPG Powercron 160 coating, a high film-build anionic epoxy-based product; and
  • PPG ULTRAX® Metal Conditioner 261, a neutral descaler engineered to facilitate the processing of mixed metal parts and assemblies on the same production line.
PPG also will highlight PPG DRAGONHIDE™ ZRE finish, which unites a zinc-rich basecoat with PPG’s e-coat topcoats to exceed automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements for corrosion resistance.
Six PPG representatives will lead panel discussions or conduct educational sessions as part of the ECOAT18 technical program:  
For more information about substrate-protection solutions from PPG, visit the ECOAT18 show floor, go to www.ppgecoat.com or call 1-888-774-2001. For live updates on PPG’s presence at ECOAT18, follow @PPG and #ECOAT18.
At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2017. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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PPG Media Contact:
Jamie Cowden
Industrial Coatings
+1 412-434-3082