PPG Industries’ has now converted more than 10,000 automotive refinish collision centers in Canada and the United States to its waterborne systems. The majority of these conversions took place in National Rule areas rather than in low-VOC (volatile organic compound) compliant regions, which means most PPG customers chose to use waterborne products and systems even though they were not required to do so to meet low-VOC regulations. The company’s Envirobase High Performance and Aquabase Plus products are now in their third generation. PPG introduced its waterborne technology to the international OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market in 1986 and brought the world’s first commercialized refinish waterborne basecoat to market in 1992. Since then PPG has added new primers and clearcoats to the two brands and plans to continue to expand the product lines’ offerings.