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Mercedes-Benz : PGW Become Main Glass Supplier .

Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW) has signed an agreement with Daimler AG is the main supplier of windshields, laminated glass sidelites and backlit for Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs.

"We have a supplier of [Daimler] for quite sometime and we are absolutely thrilled with the development of relations in this new regime for the supply," said Pete Dishart of PGW.

According to a statement issued by PGW, the new agreement, the company is investing in production capacity and technological development to meet the requirements of the partnership.

Dishart was not on the specifics of how these affect PGW plants.

"With this relationship, we must ensure we have the capacity in place, the parts they need, and they have quite a number of demanding customers, and we must ensure that our parts can meet the needs that they have "says he said.

PGW expects Sungate ® coated automotive glass, blue glass Solextra ®, Safe and Sound ® laminated glass and Sound Master ® acoustic glass to see the increased use of Daimler vehicles.

"Daimler was an early adopter of our automotive Sungate coated glass," says Paolo Cavallari, General Manager of PGW Europe. "And through this strategic partnership, we are committed to their ongoing need for innovative process and product technologies."

"I think this is good news for the glass industry and for PGW," added Dishart.

Full text of press release from PGW.
Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) and Daimler AG form Strategic Partnership for Automotive Glazing

Innovative new business model for glass sourcing builds on existing relationship

PITTSBURGH, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- PGW LLC and Daimler AG have entered into a new OEM/supplier strategic partnership for the supply of automotive glass. Under this new multi-year business model, PGW will be the main supplier of windshields, and laminated glass for doors and rear windows, for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and SUVs.

Daimler AG is a global producer of premium passenger cars and the largest manufacturer of heavy and medium-duty trucks in the world. Along with PGW, a world leading supplier of automotive glass and services, the parties have evolved an existing relationship which includes both product supply and collaborative development. This new agreement is expected to significantly increase the scope of business conducted between the two companies.

"This strategic partnership will strengthen the valued relationship with Daimler and position our business for both sustained growth and profitability for the future," said Lou Braga, Vice President and General Manager of PGW's OEM business unit.

The new business model requires PGW to invest in manufacturing capacity and technology development to meet the requirements of the partnership. PGW glass products including Sungate(R) coated automotive glass, Solextra(R) blue glass, Safe and Sound(R) laminated glass and SoundMaster(R) enhanced acoustic glass are key technologies expected to see increased use on Daimler vehicles. PGW process technologies for precisely controlling glass shape and optical characteristics are also critical to meeting the high expectations of Daimler customers.

"Daimler was an early adopter of our Sungate(R) coated automotive glass," said Paolo Cavallari, General Manager of PGW Europe. "And through this strategic partnership we are committed to supporting their ongoing needs for innovative process and product technologies."

About Pittsburgh Glass Works

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) supplies automotive OEM windshields, rear and side windows, sunroofs and assemblies for auto and truck manufacturers, and it supplies and distributes replacement automotive glass products for use in the aftermarket. It also provides insurance claims services through its LYNX Services subsidiary, glass management software and internet marketing services through its GTS subsidiary, and e-business solutions through its GLAXIS offering.

Automotive glass products are manufactured and fabricated in six North American plants located in Berea, Ky.; Creighton, Meadville and Tipton, Pa.; Crestline Ohio; Evansville, Ind. and a joint venture facility in Tepeji del Rio, Mexico. In addition seven satellite parts assembly plants are located throughout North America and Europe, and two LYNX Services claims management call centers in Ft. Myers, Fla. and Paducah, Ky. Combined, the businesses employ approximately 3,700 people.

Note to editor: Sungate, Solextra, Safe and Sound, and SoundMaster are registered trademarks of PPG Industries.- SOURCE Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC.


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