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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


Ferrari adopts low-bake paint technology from PPG

7 August 2018

Thanks to on-going collaboration with PPG, Ferrari has introduced a low temperature paint system, making it the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new 'Low Cure' clear coats technology.


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new senior vice president

23 July 2018

PPG announced the appointment of Anne Foulkes, currently vice president, associate general counsel and secretary, as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective 1 August. She will immediately join the company’s operating and executive...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new vice president

23 July 2018

PPG announced the appointment of William Schaupp, currently assistant controller and acting controller, as vice president and corporate controller, effective 19 July 2018. Schaupp will have direct responsibility for PPG’s corporate controllership...


just-auto Plus only PPG sales up 9% at US$4.1bn in Q2 2018

20 July 2018

PPG reported second quarter 2018 net sales of about US$4.1bn, up nearly 9% versus the prior year. Net sales in local currencies grew approximately 6% year-over-year aided by higher selling prices of more than 2%, sales volume growth of more than 3% and...


just-auto Plus only PPG announces key management changes

20 June 2018

PPG announced the appointment of Amy Ericson as senior vice president, packaging coatings, effective 16 July. Ericson will also be responsible for the speciality coatings and materials business unit, and corporate strategy function. Reporting directly to PPG...


PPG's new energy saving automotive paint process

13 June 2018

PPG is introducing a low-energy paint process for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) during the inaugural SURCAR North American Congress, on 13-14 June 2018 in Detroit.


just-auto Plus only PPG announces senior leadership changes

13 June 2018

PPG announced the appointment of Rebecca Liebert as senior vice president, automotive coatings, effective 25 June. Liebert, who will report to PPG chairman and CEO, Michael McGarry, will also oversee the Latin America region and will join the company’s...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new senior business director

20 February 2018

PPG on 19 February 2018 announced that Ranju Arya will become senior business director, mobility, effective immediately. Arya will lead PPG’s efforts in developing and commercialising paint and coatings technologies for autonomous and electric...


just-auto Plus only PPG joins Mcity on autonomous vehicle testing

17 January 2018

PPG announced its partnership with the University of Michigan’s (U-M’s) Mcity, a public-private partnership that brings together industry, government and academia to improve transportation safety, sustainability and accessibility for the benefit of...


PPG upgrades Saint-Just-en-Chaussee facility

5 December 2017

PPG has completed a US$1.4m upgrade of its automotive adhesives and sealants (A&S) manufacturing and research and development (R&D) centre in Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France.


just-auto Plus only PPG/SiNode Systems join over vehicle battery tech

17 November 2017

PPG announced it has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to accelerate the commercialisation of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles. The 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and...


just-auto Plus only PPG Q3 2017 sales above 3% at US$3.8bn

20 October 2017

PPG reported third quarter 2017 net sales of approximately US$3.8bn, up more than 3% versus the prior year. Sales volumes, including the unfavourable impact of several natural disasters, grew by nearly 1%. Prior to the natural disasters, PPG’s quarterly...


PPG teams with Renault-Nissan for adhesives

13 October 2017

PPG has unveiled a partnership with Renault-Nissan Alliance to deliver structural adhesives to more than 1m one million Renault, Nissan and Samsung cars across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.


just-auto Plus only PPG announces senior leadership changes

22 September 2017

PPG announced that Viktor Sekmakas, PPG executive vice president, has elected to retire. He will be resigning as executive vice president, effective 30 September. During his 20-year career with PPG, Sekmakas has held numerous key leadership roles in...


just-auto Plus only PPG announces two executive appointments

25 July 2017

PPG on 24 July 2017 announced two executive appointments, effective immediately. Roald Johannsen will become vice president, automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will report to Tim Knavish, PPG...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new director to its board

21 July 2017

PPG on 20 July 2017 announced that Gary Heminger, chairman and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, has been elected to join its board of directors, effective immediately. He will serve on the PPG board’s audit committee and its nominating and...


just-auto Plus only PPG to acquire Crown Group

21 July 2017

PPG on 20 July 2017 announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire The Crown Group, a US-based coatings application services business, from High Road Capital Partners and Charter Oak Capital Partners. The transaction is expected to close in...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new director of investor relations

20 June 2017

PPG on 19 June 2017 announced that John Bruno, currently chief financial officer, Asia Pacific, will become director, investor relations, effective 1 July 2017. Bruno will report to PPG senior vice president and chief financial officer, Vince Morales, and will...


PPG opens new paint/coatings facility in Lipetsk

19 June 2017

PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full capacity.


just-auto Plus only PPG supplies colour solutions for Chevrolet FNR-X

13 June 2017

The Chevrolet FNR-X, the first all-purpose sports concept vehicle from SAIC General Motors, made its world premiere at Auto Shanghai 2017. Its stylised and sophisticated appearance impressed the audience, including brilliant metallic colour care of the PPG...


PPG withdraws its proposal to acquire AkzoNobel

6 June 2017

PPG has announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to combine with AkzoNobel and will not pursue a public offer for all the issued and outstanding shares of AkzoNobel.


just-auto Plus only PPG sells its fibreglass operations to NEG

30 May 2017

PPG on 26 May 2017announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its remaining fibreglass operations to Nippon Electric Glass (NEG), a leading manufacturer of fibreglass. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017, subject to...


Dutch oppose PPG's AkzoNobel takeover bid

25 April 2017

Dutch economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has repeated his opposition to a takeover of paint maker Akzo Nobel, saying he did not care that US rival, the automotive coatings maker PPG Industries, had raised its offer.


just-auto Plus only PPG Q1 2017 sales up 1%

21 April 2017

PPG reported first quarter 2017 net sales of about US$3.6bn, up 1% versus the prior year. Net sales in local currencies grew nearly 3% year-over-year, aided by sales volume growth of 2%. The net impact from business portfolio actions contributed less than 1%...


just-auto Plus only PPG acquires balance stakes in IVC Asian JV

7 April 2017

PPG on 6 April 2017 announced that it has purchased the remaining 50% ownership interest in its Asian joint venture comprising IVC (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and IVC-OPS (Singapore) from its joint-venture partner, Omni-Plus System, Financial terms were not...


PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 March 2017

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.


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.

PPG news

Ferrari adopts low-bake paint technology from PPG

7 August 2018

Thanks to on-going collaboration with PPG, Ferrari has introduced a low temperature paint system,...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new senior vice president

23 July 2018

PPG announced the appointment of Anne Foulkes, currently vice president, associate general counse...


just-auto Plus only PPG appoints new vice president

23 July 2018

PPG announced the appointment of William Schaupp, currently assistant controller and acting contr...


just-auto Plus only PPG sales up 9% at US$4.1bn in Q2 2018

20 July 2018

PPG reported second quarter 2018 net sales of about US$4.1bn, up nearly 9% versus the prior year....


just-auto Plus only PPG announces key management changes

20 June 2018

PPG announced the appointment of Amy Ericson as senior vice president, packaging coatings, effect...


PPG's new energy saving automotive paint process

13 June 2018

PPG is introducing a low-energy paint process for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OE...



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