STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – November 6, 2018
PPG has launched its new Automotive Refinish training website. Designed to serve as a comprehensive source of information about the company’s robust training program and supporting material, the site went live on October 31. It replaces the Training section of the current PPG automotive refinish website.

The new website was designed with the customer in mind, intended for PPG distributors, collision centers, paint technicians and vocational students. The site focuses on the PPG training course curriculum, online how-to videos, certifications and instructor bios and allows online registration for classes. The site also offers access to student transcripts and pertinent PPG and industry news. With easy-to-use primary navigation, site visitors can quickly find the information they require.

“PPG has the largest and most complete training program in the refinish industry,” said Bill Shaw, PPG director, U.S. & Canada marketing, “More than 12,000 people attend our training classes every year, and there’s a lot for our customers to keep up with. When we see an opportunity to make things more convenient for them, we act on it. This new website, devoted specifically to training, is easy to navigate and provides the most current information on our training programs.”

According to Shaw, each website topic provides a wide range of critical material. The Courses section, for example, details the training classes offered for automotive and commercial refinishing systems and collision repair management. Site visitors can search for courses by paint brand, type of class or location — usually one of PPG’s 16 Business Development Centers across North America. In addition, PPG training instructors are highly regarded refinish experts. Their qualifications are displayed on the site. Visitors can find the expert class instructor with the experience that matches their needs.

PPG Certification Training is a key part of PPG's commitment to ensure that automotive and commercial refinish technicians stay up to date with the latest products, processes and techniques for maximizing a paint shop's productivity and quality. The website lists all automotive and commercial refinish technical certification classes. Distributor Technical Representative Certification classes, available exclusively to PPG Platinum Distributors, are also listed, as are industry certification opportunities for students.

Shaw notes that the site also provides helpful SOP guides, technical articles and tips, training manuals and more.

“Training involves more than classes, so we’ve made sure there’s plenty of technical information right on the website, said Shaw. “We also want to help our students monitor their training records. If they’ve attended a PPG training course, they can access their training transcripts or update their information on the site. They can see when they last attended certification training, determine when they’re due to take recertification training and keep their certification status current. And our News section gives everyone the chance to stay up to date with the latest industry news, learn about products and procedures, new course offerings and special events. It’s all here.”

Part Number: EHPPOSCH8

A new poster featuring a revitalized 1932 Ford Coupe finished by renowned painter Charley Hutton is now available through PPG online ordering. Charley used Envirobase® High Performance basecoat in Checkered Red and EC530 EnV® Performance Clearcoat to create the striking finish. This unique gem is owned by Joe Pigford and built by his brother Roy Pigford, both of Beach City, Texas.

More Great Posters Available

As a reminder, Charley's "After Thought" 2017 Pirelli Great 8 Finalist car and other posters are still available through PPG online ordering. Christmas is just around the corner, and a Charley Hutton poster is a great gift for your customers! Be sure to order now, as supplies are limited.

Part Number: EHPPOSCH7

Diamond Award recognizes dependable, detail-oriented supplier support

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2018 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it is the recipient of Uni-Select’s 2018 Diamond Award, which is given to the supplier that has provided the most dependable and detail-oriented support to Uni-Select customers.

PPG, which supplies automotive refinish products and services to Uni-Select, received the award at the company’s recent Canada VIP Supplier Awards Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The most prestigious of Uni-Select’s supplier awards, the Diamond Award recognizes the quality of sales tools, fill rate, lead time, inventory management, service within training and technical support, manpower support and more. It is given to a supplier that offers quality products and sustainable and efficient service.

“We are honored to award PPG with our highest manufacturer recognition award for 2018,” said Brent Windom, president and chief operating officer, Uni-Select Canada. “Being selected for the Diamond Award signifies a company has met and exceeded all key areas that Uni-Select values in a partnership, such as innovation in new products and methods, sales support, customer care, highest quality of products in the category, continuous communication and an optimized supply chain. Congratulations to all the PPG team members, as it takes a family to win such an award.”

“We are proud to be recognized by Uni-Select,” said Norm Angrove, PPG director, automotive refinish, Canada. “The Diamond Award demonstrates our dedication to providing the best products, service and support to our customers. Good relationships are important in the coatings business, and we strive to do whatever it takes to be a good partner. When our customers succeed, we do as well.”

Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada and the United Kingdom. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.

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