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PPG Aerospace in sole-source contract with Embraer for Phenom business jets.

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PPG Aerospace Transparencies, the aerospace products and services division of PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG), announced on Friday (15 June) that the company has been awarded a sole-source contract to develop and produce cockpit windows for Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer's new Phenom 100 very light business jet and Phenom 300 light business jet.

Under the contract PPG will supply shipsets for Embraer's production. The expected production life is more than 1,000 aircraft, with an estimated contract value of over USD35m.

The aircraft will reportedly be Embraer's first to be certified with the PPG Surface Seal rain-repellent coating as the primary windshield rain removal system, with no windshield wipers.

PPG said that the company's cockpit windshields are designed with PPG's proprietary hoop tension edge attachments. The lightweight PPG windshields for both Embraer business jets feature two plies of Herculite II chemically strengthened glass with the PPG 112 urethane interlayer. In addition the Aircon heating system provides anti-icing and affords temperature control.

PPG is producing the windshields and windows at its Huntsville, Alabama, US plant.

Embraer expects the Phenom 100 very light jet to enter service in mid-2008, and the Phenom 300 light jet in mid-2009.

Financial details of the contract were not available.

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