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Pony Announces Partnership With PPG Industries

Published on 2007-10-15. Author : SpecialChem

SAN DIEGO -- Pony International has announced a partnership with PPG Industries to continue creating innovative performance and athletic shoes with the latest technologies in state-of-the-art coating systems provided by PPG that will set Pony footwear even farther apart from the competition.

"The partnership's objective is to develop a coating system to perform over multiple substrates, enhance the quality of performance and appearance, provide innovation to design, and be an effective tool to Pony for market differentiation to customers," Colin Brickley, Pony's Public Relations and Sports Marketing Director said. "The VIVAFLEX color system by PPG provides an exciting palette of colors and finishes derived from PPG's history of color creation in industrial, automotive, architectural and aerospace markets," Brickley adds.

The VIVAFLEX color system will create a unique color harmony from a choice of more than 60,000 colors and finishes displayed on Pony shoes while lending a uniform appearance when applied to most flexible materials used in athletic footwear, like synthetic leather, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), polyurethane (PU) and thermoplastic urethane (TPU) and rubber.

"The VIVAFLEX coating system will significantly impact how we design, develop and manufacture footwear and we are beyond excited about this partnership with PPG," Nathan Crary, Pony's Vice President of Development said.

The VIVAFLEX color system is an automotive quality material with excellent exterior durability, fade resistance, flexibility, and colorfastness. PPG's footwear applications center in Ping Shan will manufacture to exact quality standards to offer repeat color management on some of the hottest new footwear by Pony.

About Pony

Pony was founded in 1972 and quickly became one the most distinctive Sports brands in the world. Among the many athletes who wore Pony shoes were Pele, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, David Thompson, Darryl Dawkins, Spud Webb, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Reggie Jackson, and Tracy Austin. Pony is a designer, distributor, and marketer of high performance and casual athletic footwear and apparel for men, women, and children utilizing the tagline "All Time."

About PPG

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiberglass. The company employs more than 34,000 people and has 125 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 25 countries. Sales in 2006 were $11 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York and Philadelphia stock exchanges (symbol: PPG).

Source: Pony International

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