Ceramic Industry

PGW Marks One Year as Independent Auto Glass Supplier (posted 10/22/09)

October 22, 2009
Since its successful spin-off from PPG Industries last October, PGW has maintained its status as a leading supplier of automotive glass.

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW), the former automotive glass and services division of PPG Industries, celebrated its one-year anniversary as a stand-alone company this month. Since its successful spin-off last October, PGW has maintained its status as one of the leading suppliers of automotive glass and services, while being actively involved in fuel economy improvement research and bringing new products to market.

“PGW is thrilled to mark its one-year anniversary by taking note of our successes, new partnerships and our technological advancements,” said Jim Wiggins, chairman and CEO. “During a challenging time for the auto industry, we’ve worked hard alongside our customers to offer value-added solutions for today while taking steps to ensure we’re on the leading edge of glass and services products in the future.

“PGW improved its cost structure and enhanced its flexibility to serve customers through a streamlined organization based on lean value streams, transformation of our manufacturing footprint from nine plants to six, and through aggressive implementation of lean/Six Sigma throughout operations. Operational performance capabilities have been further enhanced through the rebuild of a float line at Meadville, and investments in our fabrication cold end and bending processes.”

Supplying windows, windshields, sunroofs and assemblies to auto and truck manufacturers, PGW was spun off with the mission of continuing the division's culture of formidable work ethic, strong value and intent to deliver solutions. Over the course of its first year, this commitment to the market and to customers was evidenced in the various PGW businesses. In the Automotive OEM business, PGW:
  • Attained a new contract with Daimler AG to be the main supplier of windshields and laminated glass for Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs
  • Concluded testing with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which showed that PGW’s Sungate® EP automotive glass improves fuel efficiency, cabin comfort, and driving range in hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Acquired a license to manufacture and sell SPD SmartGlass™ automotive glass products, which give users the ability to control the amount of light, glare and heat entering their vehicle
  • Confirmed that its products meet the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Cool Car initiative, which calls for a regulation that will require new cars sold in California to have windows that reject more than 50% of the sun's energy starting with the 2012 model year
“PGW is prepared to help its customers meet the tough challenges being presented by the new economic and environmental conditions,” said Wiggins. “With technology that can already meet the most stringent regulations for California vehicles for the 2016 model year, PGW is well-positioned to lead the industry with products that are environmentally friendly; improve consumer comfort, safety and security; and are cost competitive.”

For additional information, visit www.pgwglass.com.