Hughes Selected to Handle Worldwide Intro of EPG for Solutia

Oct 18, 1999, 01:00 ET from The Hughes Group

    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Louis-based Solutia, Inc., a
 $3 billion company recognized worldwide as the leading supplier of polyvinyl
 butyral (PVB) interlayer to the laminated glass industry, has selected the
 Hughes Group to handle marketing communications for the company's global
 efforts to expand the use of laminated glass in the automotive market.
 Solutia's PVB interlayer is marketed under the Saflex brand.
     Solutia is working with automobile manufacturers around the world to
 expand the use of laminated glass in the side and rear windows of vehicles.
 Enhanced Protective Glass (EPG) helps protect occupants from flying glass,
 resists intrusion, protects against harmful UV and IR rays, and reduces the
 transmission of outside sound.  Solutia research indicates strong consumer and
 auto dealer demand for these benefits.
     "This is a significant win for us," said Jim Schnurbusch, Hughes Group
 president.  "With the ability to work with our international network of more
 than a dozen agencies, we're confident that we can grow the Saflex EPG
 business domestically and internationally."
     Hughes will provide a variety of marketing communications, including
 advertising, direct marketing and sales support, primarily targeting
 automobile manufacturers worldwide.
     Solutia is an international manufacturer and marketer of value-added
 chemicals that include Saflex plastic interlayer for laminated glass, nylon
 and acrylic fibers for carpet and apparel, Skydrol aviation hydraulic fluids,
 chemical intermediates, polymer modifiers, and nylon and specialty resins.
     Founded in 1977, the Hughes Group is a full-service marketing
 communications company.  The firm serves national, regional and international
     Saflex and Skydrol are registered tradenames of Solutia, Inc.

SOURCE The Hughes Group