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PPG extends Williams partnership
Williams F1's technical partner PPG has extended its contract with the Williams Formula 1 team. PPG has been a technical partner of the team since 2003, supplying paint finishes for the AT&T Williams team's race cars at minimum weight and highest definition finishes for all-important sponsor identification.

Williams F1's chief operating officer Alex Burns said about the renewed contract: "Every weight saving on our race cars makes a real and direct contribution to lap time and paint finishes are part of this consideration. PPG have consistently helped us maintain our finish standards while reducing the weight demand. This winter we have worked in tandem on another progression in the painting of the FW31 race cars which has enabled us to use less primer and no lacquer coat, providing another significant step forward. We value their important contribution and this new and extended agreement is both commercially and competitively welcome."

Founded in 1883 as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, the world-famous PPG Industries is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. The company's specialist surface finishing technologies have enabled the AT&T Williams team to achieve the highest possible presentation standards in the globally visible world of Formula One, while contributing to all-important weight.

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