PPG holds second ‘Eco Classroom’ open day in Tianjin

Today PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) Tianjin coatings plant held an “Eco Classroom” open day ahead of Earth Day on 22 April.
Shan Qi (at far left), plant manager at PPG’s Tianjin, China, coatings manufacturing facility, greets students during the site's second "Eco Classroom" open day.
A PPG Tianjin employee explains how PPG’s businesses, products and technologies help support environmental protection.
Students from Tianjin TEDA Maple Leaf International School learn about PPG’s company history.
Nearly 100 people, including students and teachers from Tianjin’s TEDA Maple Leaf International School and community representatives, attended the “Eco Classroom” open day event at PPG Tianjin.
TIANJIN, China, April 19, 2013 – Today PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) Tianjin coatings plant held an “Eco Classroom” open day ahead of Earth Day on 22 April. This is the second time the Tianjin plant has invited the public to visit the facility and find out more about what PPG does to support environmental protection.

PPG employees engaged in lively and enthusiastic discussions with nearly 100 people, including students and teachers from Tianjin’s TEDA Maple Leaf International School and community representatives during the “Eco Classroom” event. They emphasized the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen and explained how PPG’s main businesses, green products and innovative technologies help support environmental protection.

“Through this valuable community activity, we have an opportunity to share our achievements and successes in sustainable development with the public attending our Eco Classroom,” said Shan Qi, manager of PPG’s Tianjin plant, at the opening ceremony. “We are pleased to have developed strong ties with the neighboring communities so we can bring the idea of ‘Responsible Care’ – which emphasizes the importance of safe, eco-friendly and healthy operations, as advocated by the global chemical industry – to a wider audience, engaging them in environmental protection.”

As PPG’s largest coatings production facility both in the Asia Pacific region and globally, PPG’s Tianjin plant earmarks funds for environmental protection initiatives every year since it opened in 1994, such as pollution prevention and reduction, reduced resource consumption, and waste recovery and disposal. In addition, the Tianjin plant has installed a VOC (volatile organic compound) monitoring system covering the entire factory area to help minimize its impact on the local air quality and environment.

“PPG is committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities by means of improving its products’ and production facilities’ sustainability,” said Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific. “We view sustainable development as the only way to achieve a win-win situation for both society and our business, and only through this can we ultimately contribute to the healthy development of both our business and society as a whole.”

As a member of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM), PPG’s Tianjin coatings plant participated in the “open-to-public day” organized by the AICM in 2011, when it invited representatives from communities and schools in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) as well as media representatives to visit its facilities. The plant was awarded an honorary title by the TEDA Environmental Protection Association for its exemplary contribution to environmental protection and has been recognized as an “Excellent Environmental Protection Company” by the TEDA Environmental Protection Bureau for three consecutive years.

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.

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Hunter Lee
PPG China
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