PPG’s New Paint for a New Start initiative transforms educational facility for children with disabilities in Kazakhstan; initiative is part of PPG's COLORFUL COMMUNITIES program

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September 21, 2023 (press release) –

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Sept. 21, 2023 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that it has completed a transformative makeover at the Association of Parents of Disabled Children (ARDI) Art Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan through its New Paint for a New Start initiative, part of the company’s COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® program. The project brought together more than 30 volunteers, who transformed the center’s social and educational facilities for children with disabilities into inspiring and inclusive spaces.

PPG volunteers renovated an educational facility for children with disabilities in Kazakhstan as part of the company's New Paint for a New Start initiative.

PPG provided support worth $43,000 (20 million Kazakhstani tenge) for the project, including 300 liters of TIKKURILA® paint by PPG. Products included Tikkurila Argentum Plus 20 paint, which protects the painted surface from viruses and bacteria. Colors and designs were chosen based on research that considers the purpose of the room and the age of the children, including beige and red shades for the dance hall and a soothing green for the psychologist's consulting room. A colorful mural was also created by local artist Sauran Kasteev.

The Art Center is an important component of ARDI’s mission of providing an educational space where children can discover their artistic talents and develop essential life skills. Through a variety of programs and services, ARDI strives to create a supportive environment where children can thrive, develop their potential, and gain confidence.

“We are deeply grateful to PPG for its support in breathing new life into our Arts Center,” said Asiya Akhtanova, director of ARDI. “Every child should grow up in an environment that stimulates creativity and helps them realize their dreams. Bright colors and thoughtful design have created a space where our children can express themselves, develop necessary skills and conquer new heights.”

“At PPG, we believe in the power of color to transform and improve the world. We are honored to be a part of this important project and look forward to seeing the positive changes it will bring,” said Arseniy Rudenko, PPG general manager, Kazakhstan. “Our goal was to create a stimulating environment where children with disabilities could fully explore their creative talents and find inspiration every day, and hopefully we have achieved it.”

The Colorful Communities program, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities program, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms to bringing color to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 470 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 8.2 million people in 50 countries.

PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested $16.2 million in 2022, supporting hundreds of organizations across more than 35 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at communities.ppg.com.

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for 140 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $17.7 billion in 2022. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

Colorful Communities, the PPG Logo and We protect and beautify the world are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Tikkurila is a registered trademark of Tikkurila Oyj.

PPG Media Contact:
Andrew Wood
Corporate Communications, EMEA
+31 6 5121 6579

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