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PPG Extends ‘Colorful Communities’ Program to China

By Business Wire News   


PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) recently held its first “Colorful Communities” activity in China at the Tianjin TEDA Art Center. As part of the company’s new global community-engagement initiative, nearly 70 volunteers from PPG’s Tianjin plant helped decorate interior walls and paint bright murals in the soon-to-open Color Classroom of the art center. PPG also donated the MASTER’S MARK™ paint to the center before the activity.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, PPG is committed to supporting the communities where it has a presence,” said Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, corporate and government affairs, Asia Pacific. “By partnering with community organizations such as the Tianjin TEDA Art Center, PPG hopes to beautify and revitalize community assets with our products and our people.”

On the morning of Sept. 12, PPG employees and their families, led by professional artists, volunteered to paint decorative pictures on the walls of the art center’s Color Classroom using Master’s Mark interior paints by PPG. The children from the team also created a 5-meter-long picture entitled “Colorful TEDA” and presented it to the Tianjin TEDA Art Center as a gift, and volunteers assisted in painting a mural to decorate the lobby of the art center.

“We all had a fruitful day,” said Kevin Ni, PPG operations director for industrial coatings in Asia Pacific. “I would like to thank our employees and their families for volunteering to participate in this community-engagement activity. We look forward to continuing to partner with organizations in neighboring communities to create brighter and more colorful environments.”

In addition to PPG’s global community-engagement efforts, the Colorful Communities program aims to enhance, protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates by donating coatings products, accompanied by employee volunteerism, in support of community-renewal projects. The Tianjin TEDA Art Center, set to open at the end of September, will be an important place for TEDA culture and art communication as well as an arts training base for children in the community. PPG has completed four other Colorful Communities projects to date: one in the United States, two in Europe and one in South Korea. The company expects to complete more than 14 Colorful Communities projects this year in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

The Colorful Communities program is PPG’s signature initiative for its community engagement efforts. In 2014, PPG and the PPG Industries Foundation donated more than $5.7 million to hundreds of community organizations across 24 countries around the world. These investments focused on: education programs that teach young people skills needed to succeed in studies and careers related to science, technology, engineering and math, such as jobs in advanced manufacturing; revitalization programs for buildings and community spaces; and organizations important to employees through grant and matching-funds programs.

PPG Industries and the PPG Industries Foundation aim to create brighter, more colorful communities where PPG has a presence around the world. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. With the support of our workforce, financial contributions and PPG products, we help revitalize our communities. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at


PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation 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 more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

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PPG Corporate Communications
Mark Silvey, 412-434-3046


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