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Review of vehicle glazing

27 May 2008

It is hard to believe that less than a century ago, windshields were offered as optional equipment. In 1909, Henry Ford offered his Model T with a windshield. Today, glazing continues to play an important part in vehicle design, providing a combination of aesthetic, functional and structural properties. As a result, automakers are increasingly looking for their glazing suppliers to play a key role in the vehicle development process. Matthew Beecham reports.


Automotive glazing feature

30 January 2007

Anyone buying a new car is faced with a long list of optional extras. While sat-nav and climate controlled seats are usually high on consumers’ wish lists, acoustic side glass and rain repellent coating may not be. Yet such products are becoming increasingly important, delivering greater functionality and adding a further growth dimension to automotive glazing sales. Matthew Beecham goes window shopping.


Research: modular glazing

25 September 2006

Modular car windows can improve the quality, aerodynamics, and performance compared to conventional window systems. Matthew Beecham reviews the applications and prospects.


Research: roof systems

25 September 2006

As glazing plays an increasing role in the overall design of a vehicle, manufacturers are looking for ways to use glass on other areas of the body. This has led to increased research into how sunroofs can be used more effectively as a design feature. The sunroof has subsequently emerged as a key styling feature and can in some cases replace the majority of the roof panel. Matthew Beecham reports.

Latest interviews


Q&A with Gentex

9 September 2010

In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Connie Hamblin, corporate secretary and vice president, investor relations and corporate communications, Gentex Corp, about the company’s Rear Camera Display and SmartBeam products and what else we can expect to see packaged into the rearview mirror.

Latest news


just-auto Plus only PPG offers revised proposal to acquire AkzoNobel

23 March 2017

PPG announced that it made a revised proposal on 20 March 2017 to acquire Akzo Nobel N.V.for EUR90.00 (cum dividend) per ordinary share, comprised of cash of EUR57.50 and 0.331 share of PPG common stock. This represents an increase of EUR7.00 per ordinary...


PPG increases paint prices in Asia

13 March 2017

PPG said it raise customer-specific prices and surcharges in Asia "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs".


PPG lays out case for Akzo Nobel combination

10 March 2017

PPG says there is a "strong strategic rationale" for the proposed transaction between PPG and AkzoNobel.


PPG opens topcoat production line at Wuhu facility

2 March 2017

Paint supplier PPG has celebrated the completion of a new US$19m waterborne and high-solids coatings production line at its Wuhu factory in Anhui province, China.


US DOE funding PPG to develop new silica fillers

8 February 2017

PPG says the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide funding to support a US$1.14m project to develop new silica-based performance fillers for non-tread components to improve fuel efficiency and performance of tyres.


just-auto Plus only PPG enhances colour software and hardware tools

8 February 2017

PPG's automotive refinish business on 7 February 2017 announced that it has developed several key advances in its popular array of colour software and hardware tools. Denise Lu, PPG global marketing director, said that while specifics are still under...


just-auto Plus only PPG acquires China based Futian Xinshi

23 January 2017

PPG on 20 January 2017 announced that it has acquired certain assets of automotive refinish coatings company Futian Xinshi (Futian). Financial terms were not disclosed. With approximate sales of US$15m in 2016, Futian is a privately owned company based in...


just-auto Plus only PPG posts US$3.5bn net sales in Q4 2016

20 January 2017

PPG on 19 January 2017 reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of US$3.5bn, down more than 1% versus the prior year. Sales in local currencies increased by more than 1% aided by sales volume growth approaching 2% year-over-year. The net impact from business...


just-auto Plus only PPG board elects new SVP and CFO

20 January 2017

PPG on 19 January 2017 announced that its board of directors has elected Vincent J. Morales to serve as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 March, Morales is replacing Frank S. Sklarsky as CFO, who has announced his retirement...


just-auto Plus only PPG presents automotive coatings solution at NAIAS

11 January 2017

PPG presents a full range of automotive coatings solutions during preview days at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit’s Cobo Centre. As one of few companies worldwide to manufacture coatings in every major technology...


Vitro to acquire PGW's glass business from LKQ

20 December 2016

Vitro has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works' automotive business from LKQ Corporation for around US$310m.


PPG begins global cost restructure

12 December 2016

Global automotive coatings supplier PPG announced its board of directors have approved "significant and broad restructuring actions to reduce its global cost structure".


just-auto Plus only PPG sells its ownership interest in PFG JV

21 November 2016

PPG on 18 November 2016 announced that it has completed the sale of its 50% ownership interest in its two PFG Fibre Glass joint ventures (PFG) to Nan Ya Plastics which owned the other 50% interest. Nan Ya is affiliated with Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group....


just-auto Plus only PPG Delfzijl expands silica production capacity

31 October 2016

PPG, on 28 October, 2016, held a ceremony marking the completion of a project to increase precipitated silica production capacity at its Delfzijl, Netherlands, manufacturing location. The expansion, which came on line earlier this year, adds capacity of more...


PPG completes first phase expansion of Mexico site

28 October 2016

PPG has announced the completion of the first phase of an expansion project at its facility in Tepotzotlan, Mexico. The completed expansion, which adds production and distribution capacity for automotive adhesive and sealant products, is part of a two-phase project that will help PPG meet increasing demand in the growing Mexican automotive manufacturing industry.


just-auto Plus only PPG makes top executive appointments

26 October 2016

PPG on 24 October 2016 announced two executive appointments, effective 1 November 2016 Jane Valenta will become vice president technical, global architectural coatings, reporting jointly to David Bem, vice president, science and technology, and chief...


just-auto Plus only PPG Q3 2016 sales up 2%

21 October 2016

PPG on 20 October 2016 reported third quarter 2016 net sales of US$3.8bn, up almost 2% versus the prior-year figure of $3.7bn. Sales volumes grew 1.6% and acquisition-related sales contributed more than 2%, partly offset by a slight decline in selling prices....


just-auto Plus only PPG introduces direct-to-metal Spectracron coating

14 October 2016

PPG has introduced Spectracron SPM Series DTM (direct-to-metal) monocoat, a one-component coating that helps prevent corrosion on heavy-duty, transportation, agricultural and construction equipment. Spectracron SPM coating represents a significant technical...


just-auto Plus only PPG sells its European fibre glass business

4 October 2016

PPG on 3 October 2016, announced that it has completed the sale of its European fibre glass operations to glass manufacturer Nippon Electric Glass. Financial terms were not disclosed. Manufacturing facilities in Hoogezand, Netherlands, and Wigan, England,...


just-auto Plus only PPG to divest its ownership interests in PFG

23 September 2016

PPG on 22 September, 2016, announced that it has reached an agreement to divest its 50% ownership interests in its two PFG fibre glass joint ventures (PFG) to Nan Ya Plastics, which currently controls the other 50% ownership interest in the joint ventures. Nan...


just-auto Plus only PPG receives Honda's approval for warranty repairs

19 September 2016

PPG has received approval from American Honda Motor for use of Nexa Autocolor 2K, Deltron, global refinish system, Envirobase High Performance and Aquabase Plus products for warranty repairs of Acura and Honda vehicles in the US. Steve Topczewski, PPG original...


just-auto Plus only PPG introduces new fibre glass roving

9 September 2016

PPG has introduced Innofiber TS 2402 direct-draw fiber glass roving, a new composition designed to optimise sound absorption through enhanced volumising inside muffler cavities for automotive and industrial exhaust systems. Based on the same innovative...


just-auto Plus only PPG develops new fibre glass products

17 August 2016

PPG has added three new products to its established Tufrov, Hybon and Innofibre fibre glass product lines. Hybon 2732 direct draw roving fibre glass is engineered to enhance the strength of composite structural products made of pultruded fibre-reinforced...


just-auto Plus only PPG investing to upgrade Chester facility

4 August 2016

PPG, on 3 August, 2016, announced that it is investing US$20m to upgrade its fibre glass manufacturing facility in Chester, South Carolina. The facility, which employs 150 people, manufactures direct-draw fiber glass products used in filament winding,...


just-auto Plus only PPG US appoints new board member

22 July 2016

PPG on 21 July 2016, announced that Melanie Healey, former group president, North America, The Procter and Gamble Company (P&G), has been elected to join its board of directors, effective immediately. She will serve on the PPG board’s audit committee...


just-auto Plus only PPG Q2 2016 net sales down 1% at US$4.1bn

22 July 2016

PPG, on 21 July, 2016 reported second quarter 2016 net sales of US$4.1bn, down less than 1% versus the prior year. Net sales in local currencies grew by more than 1% year-over-year, and acquisition-related sales contributed more than 1%. Sales volumes and...


just-auto Plus only PPG names its new chairman and CEO

22 July 2016

PPG on 21 July 2016, announced that Charles E. Bunch will retire 1 September, as executive chairman of the PPG board of directors after 37 years with the company. PPG president and chief executive officer Michael H. McGarry will become chairman and CEO...


just-auto Plus only Metokote CEO named PPG vice president

12 July 2016

PPG, on 11 July, 2016, announced that Jeff Oravitz, previously chief executive officer of Metokote, is appointed vice president of PPG coatings services and president of PPG-Metokote, reporting directly to Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president. PPG...


just-auto Plus only PPG completes acquisition of MetoKote

7 July 2016

PPG, on 6 July 2016, announced that it has completed its acquisition of MetoKote and its affiliates. MetoKote is a US-based coatings services business with 2015 global sales of approximately US$200m. Financial terms were not disclosed. MetoKote is...


PPG e-coating wins PSA approval

27 June 2016

PPG said its Enviro-Prime Epic electrocoat (e-coat) technology has received full approval from the PSA Group following production line conversions and testing at two of the automaker’s facilities in Europe.

PPG news

just-auto Plus only PPG offers revised proposal to acquire AkzoNobel

23 March 2017

PPG announced that it made a revised proposal on 20 March 2017 to acquire Akzo Nobel N.V.for EUR9...


PPG increases paint prices in Asia

13 March 2017

PPG said it would raise customer-specific prices and surcharges in Asia "to offset a signifi...


PPG lays out case for Akzo Nobel combination

10 March 2017

PPG says there is a "strong strategic rationale" for the proposed transaction between PPG and Akz...


PPG opens topcoat production line at Wuhu facility

2 March 2017

Paint supplier PPG has celebrated the completion of a new US$19m waterborne and high-solids coati...


US DOE funding PPG to develop new silica fillers

8 February 2017

PPG says the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide funding to support a US$1.14m project to...


just-auto Plus only PPG enhances colour software and hardware tools

8 February 2017

PPG's automotive refinish business on 7 February 2017 announced that it has developed several...



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