Volume 10, Issue 5 - September/October 2008

Price Points

O N T H E R O A D S
Miles Traveled Dropped 4.7 Percent in June, DOT Reports Travel during June 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States dropped 4.7 percent from June 2007 at an estimated total of 250.2 billion vehicle-driven miles, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

Miles driven dropped 1.6 percent from the prior month, May 2008, during which 254.1 billion miles were driven.

When broken down by region, miles driven compared to June 2007 were down in all regions.

For cumulative miles driven throughout the year, current numbers are down 2.8 percent from 2007; in June 2007, 1480.8 billion cumulative vehicle miles had been driven, while this year, only 1438.7 billion cumulative miles had been driven as of this June.

S U P P L I E R N E W S
Trosifol to Increase PVB
Prices by 15 Percent Trosifol North America Ltd. will increase its prices by 15 percent on all Trosifol/Kuraray Europe PVB films for both the automotive and architectural market in the United States and Canada, effective September 1, 2008.

“The reason for the increase is due to the growing raw material, energy and transportation costs,” says company representative Werner Heppner.

With U.S. operations located in Erin, N.Y., Trosifol is headquartered in Germany.

P R I C I N G N E W S
Summer Price Increases Sweep Industry Several auto glass parts suppliers have announced price increases this summer—much to the dismay of shops across the country. Reasons cited for the increases have ranged from increased costs in raw materials, natural gas, fuel and energy.

Following are those AGRR magazine/glassBYTEs.com™ had learned of as of press time.

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