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PPG restructuring plan to save additional 140 million dollars annually


March 16, 2009
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PPG restructuring plan to save additional
140 million dollars annually

PPG Industries expects first quarter adjusted earnings per share to be between 10 cents and 15 cents. The coatings and specialty products and services company has announced it will implement another business restructuring plan focused on further reducing its global cost structure.

Company expects first quarter adjusted earnings per share between 10 cents, 15 cents PPG Industries has announced that it would implement another business restructuring plan focused on further reducing its global cost structure. The company cited global economic conditions, low end-market demand, and acceleration of cost-savings from the integration of the SigmaKalon businesses acquired in 2008 as reasons for the program. The planned actions are expected to deliver pretax cost savings of approximately 60 million dollars U.S. in 2009, growing to an annual run rate of about 140 million dollars thereafter.

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 “These are sweeping steps that will impact all of PPG’s business segments and regions,” says Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer. “We are making significant structural changes to the way we operate our businesses. By implementing this program, we not only will be better able to weather today’s difficult conditions, we also will be a more efficient company coming out of the current economic downturn.” Bunch says that the largest portion of the cost-reduction activity will take place in the company’s automotive OEM coatings and industrial coatings business units, which have been particularly hard hit by severe declines in global end-use market demand.

Last September, PPG announced a restructuring plan that included closing several coatings manufacturing facilities, including those in Clarkson, Ont., Canada, and Geldermalsen, Netherlands. As part of that plan, PPG closed its Owen Sound, Ont., Canada, glass manufacturing facility and idled one float glass production line at its Mt. Zion, Ill., facility. These prior actions are expected to result in pretax cost savings at an annual run-rate of about $100 million by the end of 2009, and a reduction in employment of 1,357.

“We are managing the company decisively through the current global economic downturn,” Bunch says, “with a focus on lowering our cost structure and retaining our strong liquidity position.”

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