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PPG shares sustainable practices with plant communities in China

Company holds Eco Classroom open-day events at three facilities

A PPG employee talks to local high school students about the Tianjin plant.

Local university students visit PPG’s Tianjin plant.

Local high school students participate in the open-day event at PPG’s Zhangjiagang plant.

Nearly 50 guests visit PPG’s Wuhu plant.

SHANGHAI, July 11, 2016 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) recently showcased its sustainable practices for neighbors in the Tianjin, Zhangjiagang and Wuhu communities through “Eco Classroom” open-day events at three plants in China. Under the theme “Improve Environment Quality, Promote Green Growth,” these events attracted more than 160 attendees, including government officials, representatives from local enterprises and the media. This marks the seventh consecutive year that PPG has held open-day events in China.

The Tianjin plant, PPG’s largest coatings production base in the world, was the first PPG site to host Eco Classroom activities. At events in May and June, students from local middle schools and universities visited to see PPG’s manufacturing facilities and learn about the company’s history and sustainability efforts. Students also learned about the benefits of green building and energy conservation in a visit to the low-carbon demonstration building at the TEDA Modern Service Development (MSD) Zone, which uses low-emissivity glass and architectural coatings from PPG.

In Zhangjiagang, PPG invited students from the local senior high school to visit and highlighted its eco-friendly products and best practices in responsible care and environmental protection. The company also organized a contest for students to show their understanding of sustainability through painting, handwriting, paper cutting and other creative efforts.

At the open-day event in Wuhu, nearly 50 guests, including local Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members, company representatives, government officials and media, discussed sustainability and demonstrated related efforts through plant tours, seminars and other activities.

“PPG is committed to practicing sustainable development and promoting it to the public through community activities,” said Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, corporate and government affairs, Asia Pacific. “The open-day events provide an opportunity for us to share our sustainability achievements and advanced technologies for both products and production with our neighbors. We expect to roll out similar events in other Chinese plants to engage more people in environmental-protection activities and continue to showcase PPG’s leadership as a responsible corporate citizen.”

As a member of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), PPG organizes “Eco Classroom” open-day events regularly in response to AICM’s call for sharing sustainable development achievements with the public. PPG held its first open-day event in 2010, and the company has hosted activities for seven consecutive years at its sites in Shanghai, Tianjin, Kunshan, Zhangjiagang and Wuhu to promote and support sustainable development.

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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