USGlass magazine readers select two PPG glasses as products of the year

Date: 14 February 2012
SOLARBAN 72 STARPHIRE glass, CLARVISTA glass winners for 2011PITTSBURGH, Feb. 8, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has announced that both SOLARBAN(R) 72 STARPHIRE(R) glass and CLARVISTA(R) glass were selected as 2011 products of the year by readers of USGlass magazine.

Solarban 72 Starphire glass, chosen as the best value-added glass product of 2011, is a solar control, low-emissivity glass that provides high visible light transmittance, exceptional clarity and superior solar control performance. To maximize transparency, insulating glass units made with Solarban 72 Starphire glass feature one lite of uncoated Starphire glass and a second with an advanced triple-silver coating that is engineered exclusively for use on a Starphire glass substrate. The combination produces an industry-leading light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio of 2.38.

Readers of USGlass magazine also selected a shower door by C.R. Laurence made with Clarvista glass by PPG as the best bath enclosure/shower door product of 2011. With proper maintenance, Clarvista glass can look newer longer than competing shower glass products because it is made with a coating that seals the glass surface, enabling it to resist corrosion caused by heat, humidity, soap and household cleaning products. C.R. Laurence and PPG co-market the shower door, which was introduced at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas last April.

Last November, USGlass magazine asked its subscribers in the retail and glazing contractor industries to vote on the most significant product introductions, updates and hot sellers for 2011. More than a dozen winners were announced in categories ranging from hardware, software and components to protective glazings and material handling equipment. To read about the award winners, visit

For more information about Solarban 72 Starphire glass or to request a sample, visit Clarvista glass samples and information can be ordered from

Readers of USGlass magazine chose this shower door product by C.R. Laurence Co., which features CLARVISTA(R) glass by PPG Industries, as the best bath enclosure/shower door product of 2011.

Selected by readers of USGlass magazine as the best value-added glass product of 2011, SOLARBAN(R) 72 STARPHIRE(R) glass (left) has visible light transmittance of 71 percent, which is comparable to Solarban 60 Starphire glass (right), yet it offers 25 percent better solar control.

About C.R. Laurence Co.

C.R. Laurence Co., Inc., is a leading manufacturer and global supplier to the glazing, railing, architectural, construction and automotive industries. Offering more than 50,000 products, CRL serves customers from 28 locations in North America, Europe and Australia. For more information, visit or call (800) 421-6144.


PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction 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 60 countries around the world. Sales in 2011 were $14.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit


Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Clarvista, Solarban and Starphire are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

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