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download press release »05/30/2012

CertainTeed® QR Code Reader Mobile App Reaches 100,000 Downloads, Now Offers Social Media Integration

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – With just over 100,000 downloads, the mobile QR code app developed by CertainTeed Corporation is helping to simplify how architects, contractors, distributors and consumers access information about the company’s products. In conjunction with this significant milestone, the company is also announcing a host of new features, including the ability to share information from QR codes through social media networks.

“The use of mobile devices in the building industry is reaching critical mass, and we’ve worked diligently to stay ahead of the game as a value-add to our customers,” says Eric Nilsson, vice president of corporate marketing at CertainTeed Corporation. “Thus far, the CertainTeed app and the use of QR codes have been popular at trade shows and in our marketing materials, and we look forward to expanding their use into retail establishments and at the construction site.”

The free, updated CertainTeed QR Code Reader app allows users to easily post content on Facebook and Twitter as well as share information via SMS messaging. Available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry mobile devices, the app also features a “favorites” list, where users can save and revisit accessed codes.

Launched in November 2010, the CertainTeed QR Code Reader instantly scans and reads a 2D QR code when a user points the camera of a mobile device at the code. Upon recognition of a QR code, the app rapidly processes and decodes the image, allowing users to view websites, videos, and technical documentation; send text messages; make phone calls; and save contact information seamlessly without ever leaving the application. The application also stores a history of all QR codes that have been scanned on that mobile device.

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com/qr.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011. www.certainteed.com

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