PPG Industries, Inc., Troy, MI, received a 2008 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) award for its Green Logic paint detackification process. BASF Coatings Solutions received an honorable mention.

PPG Industries, Inc., Troy, MI, received a 2008 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) award for its Green Logic paint detackification process.

The new paint detackifier is a liquid, chitosan-containing technology that is derived from crab, lobster and shrimp shells, which are natural waste products of food production. As such, the innovation incorporates renewable natural resources. The chitosan-containing paint detackifier has been named “best in class” by OEM users and nominated for any environmental awards because it helps automakers realize performance gains in paint detackification and overall paint spray booth operations. It also offers greater ease of operation and savings from reduced spray booth maintenance, ancillary chemicals, wastewater treatment and disposal costs. Moreover, the paint sludge generated by the new paint detackifier is more amenable to biodegradation.

BASF Coatings Solutions received an honorable mention for 2008 in the product category that recognizes innovations in new products or services or in new product and service development and introduction processes that have significant market impact and act as “game changers” in the automotive industry.

The 14th annual PACE Awards were jointly presented on April 14 by Automotive News, Microsoft, SAP and Transportation Research Center Inc.

Look for a feature article on PPG’s Green Logic technology in the May issue of Finishing Today magazine, which will be online at www.finishingtodaymag.com on May 1. PPG’s website is at www.ppg.com. For more information about BASF, visit www.basf-coatings.com. More information about the PACE awards can be found at www.automotivenews.com.