Volume 10, Issue 2                     March/April  2006


Applied Films Elects Officers

Applied Films Corporation has announced that its board of directors has elected: Dr. Robert Elschner to the office of senior vice president, glass division, and Dr. Chung Ping Lai to the office of senior vice president, display division. Elschner will primarily be located in California and Lai will primarily be located in Taiwan.

The appointments coincide with a change in the organizational structure to a divisional structure following Applied Films’ recent acquisition of Vacuum Coating Technologies Inc., which closed on November 28, 2005. 

“Dr. Lai and Dr. Elschner bring tremendous managerial and technical strengths to our organization,” said Thomas T. Edman, president and chief executive officer (CEO). “I am pleased to welcome both of them to our Executive Team, which will now consist of seven executives in four countries.”

Elschner was appointed to his new position on November 28, 2005, at the close of the acquisition of VACT. In this role, Elschner will lead the worldwide activities of the glass division of Applied Films. Elschner was formerly CEO of VACT. 

Chung Ping Lai joined Applied Films as the Senior Vice President, Display Division, on January 1, 2006. In this role, Lai will lead the worldwide activities of the Display Division of Applied Films. Lai was formerly the President of Unaxis Taiwan Limited. Prior to re-joining Unaxis Taiwan in October 2004, Dr. Lai was president of Actima Technology from 2002 to 2004, and President of Unaxis Balzers Process Systems Taiwan from 1998 to 2002. 

Ace Security Laminates Joins IWFA

ACE/Security LaminatesTM Corp. has joined the International Window Film Association (IWFA). 

“The IWFA has a strong belief in the power of inclusiveness for industry strength in making its positions and product attributes known to prospective users of those products. We congratulate ACE for deciding to become a participant in our larger industry mission,” states Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA.

“ACE has been devoted to excellence in manufacturing our window laminates and films and we are proud to be part of the IWFA,” says Peter Fabian chief executive officer and president of ACE Security Laminates.

ACE/Security LaminatesTM Corporation specializes in manufacturing and distributing, through a worldwide network of dealers, safety and security window laminating technology. 

UnitedAuto Group Chooses XPEL

XPEL Technologies Corp. has announced that UnitedAuto Group (UAG) has chosen XPEL as vendor of choice for UAG’s rollout of automotive paint protection products through its family of new car stores. 

UnitedAuto Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 276 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 brands, and 27 collision repair centers. UnitedAuto sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents. It has 174 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 102 franchises located internationally, primarily in the United Kingdom. UnitedAuto is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 and has approximately 14,000 employees. 

Solutia Announces New VP, Board Chair

Kent Davies has been hired as a senior vice president at Solutia Inc. and will serve as president of the company’s subsidiary CPFilms Inc. In this role, Davies will report directly to Jeff Quinn, president and chief executive officer of Solutia. Davies replaces Ken Vickers, who has been named chairman emeritus, a role from which he will assist Davies with corporate strategy.

According to the company, this appointment and working relationship is indicative of the elevated role that CPFilms will play in the future of Solutia. CPFilms is a manufacturer of window films, which are used primarily by consumers to improve the solar control and security properties of the windows in their homes and automobiles.

“CPFilms is a critical growth engine for Solutia,” said Quinn. “With Kent’s proven track record for achieving profitable growth, I am confident he is the best person to take CPFilms to an even higher degree of success in the future.”

CPFilms is the manufacturer of the Llumar® brand line of window film. The 42-year-old Davies was most recently vice president of marketing, research and development and regulatory affairs for United Industries Corp., a lawn and garden and household insect control company. 

“I am thrilled to lead such a great organization,” said Davies. “CPFilms has a tradition of innovation, market-leading brands and intense customer focus. I am confident that we can build on that winning foundation while accelerating our pace of growth and meeting the needs of more customers in more markets around the world.”

Additionally, Solutia Inc. announced its board of directors has named Quinn as its chairman. Quinn also continues to serve as president and chief executive officer of Solutia.

The Company also announced that Paul H. Hatfield, previous chairman, will serve as lead director. 

“This appointment is a well-earned recognition of Jeff Quinn’s outstanding leadership and management over the nearly two years he has served as president and CEO of Solutia,” said Hatfield, commenting on the changes.

Quinn joined Solutia in January 2003 and served as general counsel, chief restructuring officer and corporate secretary before becoming president and chief executive officer in May 2004. Prior to joining Solutia, Mr. Quinn held executive positions at Premcor Inc., and Arch Coal Inc.


Maryland Bill Allows Inspection Stations to Test Window Tint Proposed, Then Withdrawn 

Maryland state republican delegate LeRoy Myers, introduced house bill 409 before the state legislature, which would allow local state inspection stations to test aftermarket window film for translucence levels that have been applied to vehicles if the vehicle owner has received a “safety equipment repair order.”

A hearing for the bill was scheduled before the House Environmental Matters Committee for February 15 but at the hearing, Myers withdrew the bill at the request of the state police, who, he said, were looking into state code changes to address the situation.

Bekaert Adds Industry Veterans, Expands Asian Operations 

Bekaert has announced the appointment of Yoshi Okamoto to regional manager for Asia and Thomas Wang to market manager for Taiwan and South East Asia. 

Okamoto will manage Bekaert’s sputter products sales and marketing efforts for display, architectural and optical glass coating applications in the Asian market. Wang will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts in Taiwan and South East Asia, specific to Bekaert’s sputter products.

Okamoto will focus on bringing sputtering technologies to the display and optical coating industry and educating the market on all of the advantages and cost benefits of adopting rotatable technology for ITO coating. Prior to his current role, Okamoto was the regional manager for Bekaert sputter films focused on display products in Asia. He will work out of Bekaert’s Tokyo offices.

Wang has more than 16 years in the electronics and coating applications industries and brings extensive industry expertise to Bekaert’s advanced materials global sales and marketing team. Wang will be headquartered in Bekaert’s newly set-up office in Taipei, Taiwan.

Shows Serve as Backdrop for Marriages

Hot on the heels of the Independent Glass Association’s (IGA) Independents’ Days and Spring Glass Show and the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ two attendees wrapped up their visits to Las Vegas by getting married.

Window film shop owner and competitive tinter Dan Shaw married his girlfriend Misty Voshall after the close of the International Window Film Tint-Off. The previous day, auto glass industry personality Thomas Bey, marketing coordinator with AEGIS Tools International, married Lynsey Lanz after the trade show ended on Friday, March 3.

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