DETROIT — For Pete Dishart, the sheet metal isn't the most interesting thing to see at an auto show. When he walked the floor of the Detroit show last month, the global product marketing manager of Pittsburgh glass maker PPG Industries Inc. was looking at the vehicles' window glass.
Dishart was pleased by what he saw: a growing number of vehicles sporting laminated safety glass in places other than the windshield. Laminated glazing, especially the kind designed to reduce interior noise, is spreading to other windows and roofs.
"Now people are going to do more than see through the glass," Dishart says. "They are going to understand the value that the glazing industry can provide to the automobile."