Volume 12, Issue 2 - March/April 2008

Newsworthy           THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS

Independent Testing Pays Off for CPFilms

A number of CPFilms’ products now boast the mark of third-party testing and energy certification. During its recent 15th Anniversary Vista Dealer Conference in Cancun, Mexico, the company announced that several of its Vista® window films have received certification from the independent National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The Martinsville, Va.-based manufacturer also has announced that recent results from the Hurricane Test Laboratory LLC in Lubbock, Texas, and Factory Mutual Global Group (FM Global), an insurer of large corporate complexes, have helped prove the effectiveness of its Llumar films under hurricane conditions.

Company officials say Vista films are the first window film products to hold NFRC certification worldwide. The Council’s specifications define the energy performance benefits of approximately 20 Vista window film products and certify that the specifications listed by CPFilms meet strict glazing industry standards. NFRC certification also is one of the first requirements for receiving an Energy Star® rating.

The NFRC is an independent organization that was established in the 1970s, in the midst of an energy crisis. The U.S. Department of Energy monitors NFRC’s activities as the non-profit seeks to promote energy savings associated with fenestration—defined as products filling openings in building envelopes such as doors, windows and skylights. 

CPFilms’ certified products will now bear the label of Certified Product Designation (CPD). CPD box labels will indicate both visible light transmission (VLT) and the solar heat gain coefficient. The company’s dealers will now be required to include the CPD number on warranty forms.

“NFRC testing certifies the energy-saving benefits of our products,” says Kent Davies, president of CPFilms. 

Additional third-party testing conducted by the Hurricane Test Laboratory LLC and FM Global has helped prove the effectiveness of CPFilms’ Llumar films during hurricanes. 

The company reports that its LLumar 8-mil clear film was the only to pass the extremely strenuous missile level “D” requirements when tested in combination with additionally fortified window systems.

Enpro Promotes Kaeser
Enpro Distributing Inc., headquartered in Houston, has promoted Corey Kaeser to the position of corporate sales director. In his new role, Kaeser will develop and manage all of Enpro’s sales initiatives and strategies across all product lines.

Prior to this new position, Kaeser was the Southeast regional manager for Enpro. He will continue to work out of the company’s Charlotte, N.C., facility.

XPEL Goes to Daytona, Also Eyeing Window Film
XPEL Technologies Corp. recently signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The San Antonio-based paint protection company is now an official category partner of Grand-Am and recently returned from its first race in Daytona, Fla. Company officials also have indicated that they are eyeing the window film industry for future growth.

“We had a tremendous time down there. It was great exposure for us and a great start to this sponsorship,” says Steven J. McAuley, XPEL’s chief executive officer. The 15-race 2008 Rolex Series delivers professional sports car racing to markets throughout North America. Races are televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED television and distributed globally through ESPN International.

“Virtually every car had the front end done—hood, fender and bumpers—and the headlights were covered with XPEL headlight protection,” McAuley says. “There were 67 cars in the big race and the XPEL logo was on every car twice.”

McAuley says his company considers the window film market a logical next step. He anticipates that XPEL will come to market with its own brand “sooner than later.”

“I feel that, with the brand that we’re building—the awareness and our strong network—it’s a logical fit to have an XPEL window tint,” McAuley says. “There’s obviously a whole variety of window films—from security to automotive to graffiti films; so, we would certainly focus initially, or primarily, on the auto side, but we feel the brand can carry some good strength.”

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