Volume 41, Issue 4 - April 2006


"World's Best Tinters" Named

The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™, sponsored by USGlass’ sister publication, Window Film magazine, took place at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, March 3-4, where the “World’s Best Tinters” were crowned. The event brought in record numbers this year, with a total of 43 competitive window film installers donning the red shirts of competition on Saturday, March 4.

Gene Whitmer, head installer at Sun Shades and Graphic Inc. in Columbia, S.C., walked away with the $2,000 grand prize for winning the Architectural Film Tint-Off. Whitmer out-tinted Kyle Moody of The Tint Shop in Milledgeville, Ga., by three points on a double-hung window to win the competition. The Architectural Film Tint-Off, which was launched last year, brought in eight competitors, one of which was a returning competitor. 

On the auto film side of things, Les Helton, owner and operator of Performance Window Tinting Inc. in Carrollton, Ga., took the title and the $5,000 grand prize when he bested the other finalists in tinting the backlite of a 2006 VW Beetle. Other finalists were, second-place finisher George Reyna, of Tint Masters; and third-place finisher, Andres De La Riva with Perfect Window Tint, both from Costa Mesa, Calif., and fourth-place finisher Franz Hyland, owner of Shades Custom Tint in Hewitt, Texas.

GlassTech Asia 2005 is Successful First Time in Thailand

GlassTech Asia (GTA), the 5th international glass products, glass manufacturing, processing, materials exhibition and conference, gave Thailand and the region’s glass makers access to glass making technology and equipment from all over the world. The event was organized by Conference & Exhibitions Management Services (CEMS) and the Singapore Glass Association and took place at the new Challenger Hall of IMPACT November 30 to December 2, 2005. GTA is represented in the United States by USGlass magazine. It was also hosted by the Thai Glass Dealers Association and supported by Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). USGlass provided the sales and support services in the United States.

The three-day event hosted 5,835 local and international visitors who were interested in the exhibition booths of 352 companies and organizations from 30 different countries. University students from the field of engineering, architecture and interior design were invited for the first time to attend and learn about technology related to their academic course.

According to show organizers, the event could generate more than $15 million dollars of revenue for the sales of glass equipment and machines related to glass from both Thai and international buyers and engineering experts from as far as Europe, the United States, South Asia and Indochina.

Special Show “Glass Technology Live” at glasstec 2006

glasstec 2006, an international trade fair for machinery, equipment, applications and products, will again feature the special show “Glass Technology Live.” This year’s show and the accompanying technical symposium will present the topic of façade-integrated photovoltaics. glasstec will be held October 24-28, 2006 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

On the basis of innovative products and developments, the symposium will demonstrate manufacturing technology, process engineering and applications.

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