Volume 8, Issue 4, July-August  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. In this department, the Window Film staff compiles a few of these that we find 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.

Fun with Film
Gilroy, Calif.—Blackout Window Tinting defeated the VFW Bingo team 22-18, putting it atop the men’s recreational EE League softball standings, the Gilroy Dispatch reported recently. Alex Pena and Jason Corrall both went 4-for-5, driving in four runs. The win put Blackout to 2-0 in the league, at the time. The team now boasts a 5-0 record with its most recent wins, a 23-8 finish over the Good Ole Boys and a 10-8 victory over the Bay Area Communications Loco Boys. All results were reported in the Gilroy Dispatch.

Not Just in the United States
Halifax, United Kingdom—Halifax Today reported that local legislators in Calderdale are considering banning dark tint on taxis and private driver service cars. It is currently illegal for a driver to change the design, condition, color or appearance of a car’s windows without prior approval from the Calderdale Council Licensing and Regulatory committee. The newspaper reported that the local police have been ticketing drivers with excessively tinted windows, and that all licensed vehicles should have only manufacturer standard tint.

Stephen Smithies, secretary of the Halifax Taxi Owner’s Association, was quoted in the article as supporting the ban.

“Blacked out windows are intimidating and I think that would be the perception of the public,” he said.

Emirates Embrace Tint
Dubai—While many countries are becoming wary of window film, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is embracing it, at least on buildings. According to a report on AMEInfo.com, an internet only resource of Middle Eastern business, Emirates Glass technical manager Arthur Millwood spoke before the UAE’s American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers chapter in April, advising against the popular trend of transparent glass in Europe.

Daylight in Gulf’s provide copious amounts of natural light, and an extremely hot climate. The trend toward transparency can wreak havoc on heat-gain levels and thus cooling costs for a building. Millwood encouraged the use of reflective coatings to control solar resistance specifications on glass in buildings.

The article also noted that Millwood praised Dubai Municipality for introducing and implementing rules for minimum glass performance levels to ensure that solar heat gain is maintained at reasonable levels.

Cricket is Wicked with Window Film
London—Lord’s Pavilion, Cricket headquarters, has found a way to ensure batsmen can be seen but not disturbed during games, Reuters reported. The arena has installed a plastic sightscreen coated with a film that makes it function much like a one-way mirror. 

According to the Reuters’ article, sightscreens allow the batsman to pick out the ball as it leaves the bowler’s hand, but they often block a spectator’s view of the game. Without the screens, however, the ball can be lost to the batsman’s vision against a crowded background. The new screen replaces one that has been used for about 50 years.

“For the spectators behind [it] just looks like a tinted piece of glass, and for the players it looks very much like a conventional sightscreen,” said Iain Wilton, Lord’s spokesperson.


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