STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 22, 2013 – PPG Automotive Refinish today announced that 10,000 distributor partners have now participated in PPG’s Distributor Business Development Program courses. The milestone was reached on December 4, 2012 at PPG’s Excellence in Distribution Management (EDM) class held in Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.

The EDM class is one element of a comprehensive curriculum PPG has created to support its independent paint, body and equipment distributors by providing them with the practical and professional skills required to successfully operate a productive and profitable business.

“We spend a lot of time and effort on distributor training at PPG Automotive Refinish; it’s a critical component of our offerings,” said Bob Wenzinger, PPG distributor program director. “We want every one of our distributors to have healthy, successful businesses. Obviously that means providing them with great PPG products to sell—and we do that, but it also means giving them industry-leading training so they can outpace the competition and build and operate a thriving business.”

The “student” enrollment of the distributor training program includes distributorship owners, managers, sales staff and the other key personnel involved in running a business.

“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve trained 10,000 people so far,” added Wenzinger. “There’s tremendous demand for these courses. Our distributors find them very valuable.”

Courses are conducted by PPG Automotive Refinish leadership and leading consultants in the automotive refinish industry and cover a variety of critical topics for the paint body and equipment distributor including finance, marketing, operations, selling skills, counter person development, commercial product business development and more.

In 2013, PPG will offer more than 30 distributor-specific courses throughout the United States and Canada. Titles of courses being offered include

  • Accelerated Distributor Development Series
  • Distributor Technical Rep Certification
  • Excellence in Distribution Management
  • Financial Fundamentals for Distributors
  • Guide to Collision Center Profitability
  • Leading Change for Distributors
  • Mastering Outside Selling Skills
  • Professional Counter Person Workshop
  • Solution-Based Commercial Selling Process
  • Successful Distributor Business Practices

A complete 2013 schedule is now available.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™

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.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 3, 2013 – PPG Commercial Coatings has introduced ALK28-901, a factory-packaged, 2.8 VOC alkyd enamel intended for general industrial use. The new black topcoat is economical, fast-drying and suitable for trailers, metal fabrications, castings, cabinets, machinery and heavy equipment.

“This is an excellent high-quality product for the value-conscious coating segment,” said Steve Podlas, brand manager for PPG Commercial Coatings. “We’ve formulated ALK28-901 to be a versatile solution for a variety of industrial applications. It can be applied directly to metal, on select substrates or over approved primers. In addition, its fast dry characteristics and good water spot resistance can help increase production throughput. We believe ALK28-901 provides all the key attributes customers want in an efficient, high-quality topcoat.”

Podlas also points out that the topcoat has been designed as a thin film build product requiring just one or two coats. ALK28-901 can be applied using conventional, HVLP, airless or air-assisted airless spray equipment and can be sprayed with or without reduction.

PPG Commercial Coatings offers a full range of coating technologies for the commercial transportation and light industrial markets, including polyurethanes, alkyds, epoxies, polyurea, waterborne, pretreatment chemicals and powder coatings. PPG Commercial Coatings products are marketed under several brand names including Delfleet® Evolution, Delfleet® Essential, Commercial Performance Coatings and Amercoat®.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™

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 more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Delfleet® and Amercoat® are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – January 3, 2013 –PPG Automotive Refinish has expanded its popular Global Refinish System™ line with the addition of two new versatile, reduced-gloss clearcoats—D8115 Matte and D8117 Semi-Gloss. The new clearcoats make up the innovative PPG Global Matte Clearcoat System and are formulated to allow a wide range of low gloss finish levels.

“We have been providing the industry with a variety of matte clearcoats for quite some time,” said Jennifer Boros, PPG brand manager, premium solvent-borne brands. “And for the past few years, matte finishes have been increasing in popularity among refinishers and OEMs. We are addressing that increased demand with these two premium-quality PPG products that will give the industry plenty of flexibility to create the exact matte finish desired.”

D8115 Matte and D8117 Semi-Gloss provide an extremely uniform, low-gloss finish. They are suitable for stand-alone use or in combination, with each other or with other PPG products, to match OEM gloss levels as well as to produce striking custom finishes. In addition, they can be used over rigid plastics without the need for additional flex additives.

PPG matte clearcoats have long been recognized by OEMs for delivering quality low-gloss finishes. That excellence continues with PPG’s D8115 Matte and D8117 Semi-Gloss; the two clearcoats have been approved for refinish use by Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and others.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™

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 more than 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and PPG Global Refinish System and design is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


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