Volume 8, Issue 6,  November/December  2004

THE BACK PAGE

Film in the News - Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in your own hometown newspapers, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

This Is Window Film
LONDON—The This Is London news website featured window film on its This Is Money page recently. On August 29, it was reported that Pentagon Protection had completed a £450,000 (approximately $810,700 US) project to protect parts of the Changi airport in Singapore and won additional contracts totaling near £750,000. The news source indicated that much of the company’s business is focused on the Far and Middle East, but if recent threats against London prove to be real or are carried out, the domestic market is expected to increase as well.

It’s Not All About Cars
TERRE HAUTE, IND.—Window film may have contributed to the destruction of a private business in Terre Haute, Ind., in August. The Tribune Star, serving Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley, reported that a fire at a local eatery, the Life of Riley Grille, went undetected due to the buildings’ tinted windows. 

It was only when the windows finally failed and broke that passersby were able to see the fire and call authorities. A source of the fire was not determined before the Tribune Star reported the story, but the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes and a few items of the memorabilia decorating the restaurant were salvaged.

Who's Afraid of a Little Wind?
MARTINSVILLE, VA—CPFilms was hit by one of several tornados that developed in Virginia on Friday, September 17, but according to a report in the Martinsville Bulletin (online) the company doesn't expect any significant interruptions in business.

Tim Hood, CPFilms vice president was interviewed for the article and indicated that distribution centers in other locations would be able to help pick-up and fill orders, while the Martinsville location, which is the company headquarters, is expected to be back up and running in two weeks.

"We have a major distribution center in California, as well as others in Canada, Europe and locations across the U.S.," he was quoted as saying. "They're all doing business as usual."

The tornado that hit CPFilms' Plant 1 was reported to be an F-2. Plant 2 was undamaged and none of the employees working at the time were injured, though roughly 100 cars in the parking lot were either destroyed or damaged.

Also Across the Pond
ESSEX, ENGLAND— Tinted windows are being scrutinized and criticized in parts of England, the East Anglian Daily Times reported. As is often the case in states and cities around the world, dark window tint is often regarded with concern by law enforcement, but in Essex, England, the growing concern is for tint being applied to windshields and front sidelites.

The law, as it stands right now, requires windshields to allow at least 75 percent of light through and the sidelites to allow 70 percent. According to the article, published August 31, some retailers are applying film to these areas that darken the window more than is legally allowed. In doing so, vehicle drivers can be charged with dangerous driving.

Additionally, the report points out, illegal tinting of vehicles can invalidate insurance policies if the vehicle is deemed unsafe.


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