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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 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.


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....

PPG news

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...


just-auto Plus only PPG announces two executive appointments

25 July 2017

PPG on 24 July 2017 announced two executive appointments, effective immediately. Roald Johanns...


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 Corporat...


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 Gro...


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, w...


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...



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