Volume 9, Issue 3                                      May/June  2005


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 consumer or hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to 
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Another Source of Press
BREMERTON, WASH.—The Internation-al Window Film Conference, Expo and Tint-Off™ got some exposure outside the window film industry when The Kitsap Sun ran an announcement of Dan Shaw’s third place finish in the business roundup section of the paper. The Sun, a local paper for the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state, is the first newspaper whose coverage of the Tint-Off was picked up by the search engines in a “window film” query by Window Film magazine (see Tint-Off Hat Trick, pg. 20).

A Filmy Fasçade
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND—England’s first office building to incorporate photovoltaic cells (which convert solar energy into electricity) has had window film installed to the interior of its glass façade, the online version of The Journal (icteesside.icnetwork.co.uk/thejournal) reported.

Without the window film, the absorbed solar heat built up and occupants noticed a visible glare.
FilmShield UK, based in New Castle, applied 2,400 square meters of high-performance solar control film to the units.

Saudi Tint-Shop Traffic Takes it Off
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA—Business at car accessory shops in Saudi Arabia is booming as motorists are having window film removed to meet new laws issued by the traffic department, the Arab News reported.

The law in Saudi Arabia requires 75-percent light transmittance and those who own vehicles with tinted windows have one year to have the tint removed, even if the vehicle was purchased with tinted windows from outside the country.

“I am taking the blinds off before I get a ticket. The decision is good, although many innocent families will be affected by it. Sadly, some teenagers abuse other people’s privileges by fixing extremely dark blinds on their windows to a level a police officer cannot see what’s inside. I have shades on my windows for one reason, to protect the interior of my car from the sun. On the other hand, teenagers do it for fun,” Salem Al-Subhi told the paper.

Really Tough Tint Laws
NAIROBI—Running with the headline “The Saga of Tinted Vehicle Windows,” AllAfrica.com recently reported on strife in Nairobi, Kenya, where police are arresting motorists for driving vehicles with tinted windows. According to the news report, the police maintain that tinted windows are illegal. Not all motorists are being arrested; some are being made to remove the tint on site, while others manage to flee from the police before being arrested.

Peter Njenga, area police boss, was quoted in the report as saying “We have arrested about 50 motorists and they will appear in court on Monday regarding the tinted windows.”

The arrests come with controversy, however. While the police continue to pursue citizens with window film on their car windows, government ministers and other senior officials have not been subject to the same ban, the news agency reported. 

According to the report a case has been filed in court challenging the legality of the police action. 

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