PPG and Derco enter distribution agreement for C-130, F-16 transparencies

PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) aerospace transparencies group and Derco Aerospace Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a Sikorsky company, have entered an agreement for Derco to be re-established as an authorized distributor of PPG replacement windshields and windows for the C-130 military transport aircraft and to become an authorized distributor of PPG replacement canopies for the F-16 fighter aircraft.  Under the agreement, PPG-produced cockpit windows for all models of the C-130 aircraft and canopy transparencies for all F-16 fighter configurations will be available to most aftermarket customers through Derco Aerospace.

PPG continues to supply OEM parts, as well as spares to the U.S. and other military forces and to a very limited number of other customers.

“Having worked with Derco Aerospace in the past, PPG is pleased to re-establish its relationship with a leader within the F-16 and C-130 communities,” said David Palermo, PPG global platform director, military transparencies. “We are well acquainted with Derco’s capabilities and know we are well suited to work together to supply PPG transparencies to operators outside the U.S. of two of the largest military fleets in the world.”

“As an innovative industry leader, PPG has a long and successful history of producing and delivering quality products that benefit operators worldwide,” said Mark Konzal, vice president of business development at Derco Aerospace Inc. “Derco is pleased to be selected to provide C-130 and F-16 operators with a global source of inventoried PPG transparencies and canopies.”

PPG has been the primary supplier of C-130 transparencies since production began in 1954, and it manufactures them for original equipment and replacement applications at its Huntsville, Alabama, plant. The company was the original YF-16 canopy supplier in 1974 and has produced canopies for the F-16 ever since at its Sylmar, California, plant.

On display at PPG’s Paris Air Show exhibit are a representative windshield for the C-130 and a 550-knot, bird-strike-resistant forward canopy for the F-16 with PPG’s proprietary protective coatings. PPG’s exhibit is at Hall 2B, Stand C105 at the International Paris Air Show being held at Le Bourget Airport June 15-21. Information about Derco Aerospace is available at its exhibit at Hall 3, Stand E140.

PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems. For more information, visit www.ppgaerospace.com.

About Derco Aerospace Inc.

Founded in 1979, Derco Aerospace Inc. is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a recognized leader in providing aircraft spares distribution, logistics, component repair and technical solutions to customers around the globe. Through solid relationships with premier original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Derco maintains one of the largest and most diversified aircraft spares inventories in the world. Today, Derco is an integrator and full-service logistics solutions provider – supporting military and commercial fleets in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.dercoaerospace.com.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its aftermarket support provides comprehensive capabilities to rotary and fixed wing aircraft throughout the world. It offers its military and commercial operators a full portfolio of support services, including material distribution, maintenance, overhaul and repair, aircraft modifications and life-cycle support.


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 www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.


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