The Federal Trade Commission has terminated a 1957 consent order against PPG Industries, Inc., formerly named Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. The order settled antitrust allegations that the company sold auto replacement glass to automobile manufacturers at lower prices than similar glass was sold to independent glass installers. The Commission terminated the order in accordance with its "sunsetting" policy, under which the Commission presumes, in the context of petitions to reopen and modify existing competition orders, that the public interest requires terminating orders that have been in effect for more than 20 years.
The consent order at issue prohibited PPG from discrimi- nating in price between competing purchasers by charging auto manufacturers less for automotive safety glass than it charged glass distributors and glass dealers.
In December 1994, PPG petitioned the Commission to terminate the order. The Commission vote to terminate the order was 4-0.
Copies of the Commission's order, as well as other documents associated with the case, are available from the FTC's Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.
(FTC Docket No. 6699)