Volume 7, Issue 3, May-June 2003

Noteworthy
    New Products and Services

FILMS
Commonwealth Laminating Expands Product Lines
Martinsville, Va.-based Com-monwealth Laminating Inc. now offers Bronze HP18 and HP40, two recent additions to its line of automotive films. In addition, the company has introduced a new frosted residential film.

SCRATCH REMOVAL
Glas-Weld Introduces the Next In Line
In order to prepare glass for a film installation, it’s best to remove as many scratches as possible for a clean, polished application. For the purpose of doing just that, Glas-Weld Systems Inc. has released its new Scratch Removal Polishing Compound for use with its distortion-free scratch removal system. The company says the system has been tested to both ANSI and BSI standards and is designed to work on all types of glass. Depending on the type of the glass, the Bend, Ore.-based company says that this newest compound works 25 to 35 percent more quickly than previous versions.

“This is the eighth or ninth generation of compound that has been released in the last five years,” said Glas-Weld Systems vice-president Dave Shores. “Each generation has allowed our customers to remove scratches faster than the prior generation or has allowed them to remove deeper scratches than in the past.”

Heavy-Duty Film Available from Scapa
Scapa North America of Windsor, Conn., has introduced Polyflex® 234, a 4.5-mil heavy-duty polyethylene film, single-coated with 2.5 mil of a pressure sensitive synthetic rubber adhesive. The new film is designed for use in a variety of constructions and industrial repair and maintenance applications.

Polyflex 234 features a polyethylene backing that the company says will not degrade with exposure to UV light, leaves no residue on re-moval and maintains a watertight seal in all weather conditions. The film is suitable for masking windows and doors during building constructions greenhouse repair, shrink-wrapping and a variety of other industrial applications.

SOFTWARE
NAGS Introduces GlazeMate®
San Diego-based National Auto Glass Specifications International (NAGS) now offers GlazeMate software, which produces invoices, quotes and work orders via CD-ROM for both flat glass and film. According to the company, the software was designed originally for glass shops to use primarily, but would also help simplify many of the processes that take place in a window film shop.


FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES
Ziebart International Introduces 
Auto Appearance Experts

Ziebart International of Troy, Mich., offers a new franchise opportunity, “Auto Appearance Experts by Ziebart International.” According to the company, it added this franchise business to focus primarily on scratch and dent removal, interior and exterior detailing and window film. However, dealers who are interested in purchasing a franchise will also have the option of adding on carpet restoration, sprayed-on bedliner, fabric protection, diamond gloss paint protection, rust protection and truck accessories. In return for its franchise fee, Ziebart will provide assistance in market analysis, site selection, financing, store design, technical training, sales training, management training, product management, public relations, marketing, advertising and communications.

SERVICES
Insurance Available for IWFA Members
First Virginia Insurance Services of Staunton, Va., now offers a comprehensive commercial insurance package sponsored by Zurich Insurance, for members of the International Window Film Association. First Virginia offers commercial auto, property, liability and workman’s compensation services.

COMPETITIVE PRODUCTS
Phifer Releases New SheerWeave Line
Phifer Wire Products Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has introduced its new SheerWeave Style 2410, a 3-percent open, full basket-weave made of vinyl coated fiberglass. Designed as a non-directional fabric that reduces waste and increases flexibility in fabrication, Style 2410 is suitable for applications that require a minimal shade profile with excellent heat and glare reduction.

The company says that SheerWeave fabrics allow good outward visibility, even when blinds are closed or shades are lowered. Style 2410 is available in 63-inch and 98-inch widths and in nine colors: oyster; beige; oyster/beige; pearl gray; oyster/pearl gray; beige/pearl gray; charcoal; charcoal/gray and charcoal/chestnut.

Phifer also offers the new EliteScreen, a stiff insect screening, for use in roller screen applications. Woven from vinyl coated fiberglass yarns, EliteScreen uses a special coating to add stiffness without compromising strength and durability.

It is available in silver gray and charcoal and produced in special roll lengths and widths to maximize efficiency and automate production. 


WINDOW FILM

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