Volume 12, Issue 3 - May/June 2008

It’s Packing Time!
The International Window Film Conference, Expo and Tint-Off™ Is Finally Here

The time is upon us. Manufacturers soon will be packing up their booths and making last-minute preparations. Tinters will write detailed packing lists to ensure their favorite tools aren’t left behind. Spectators will be loading their cameras with fresh batteries to ensure not one drop of sweat goes uncaptured and speakers will be polishing final drafts for their presentations. The International Window Film Conference, Expo and Tint-Off™ is finally here, May 1-3 in Las Vegas, and it’s time to get out the planner to ensure you catch every benefit the event has to offer.

Where and When
Thursday morning, May 1, participants will gather bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for the golf outing, which will run through 3 p.m. Registration can be completed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will be held in the Cashman Center, where signs will direct you to the appropriate location. Once you’re settled into your hotel room, be sure to get back to the show floor by 3 p.m. for a pre-event session. Former film company owner Dave McFadyen of Business Advisors International will share information to help you better your business. McFadyen will cover foundational steps as well as practices for long-term success.

Friday morning there will be a welcoming session from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. with an event overview. Immediately following, Window Film editor Drew Vass will discuss new developments in the industry.

Seminar sessions will run from 8:15 a.m. Friday, through 5 p.m., and will include topics ranging from a film industry and International Window Film Association (IWFA) update to how to prosper in a down market and wireless security opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to hear Christophe Fremont, president of Bekaert Specialty Films LLC, as he provides the keynote address at 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 3, event registration will open at 7:30 a.m. This day will be equally packed with learning opportunities—with sessions running from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Topics will include everything from shop owner advice and testimonials to plotter systems implementation, Internet marketing to the green movement and much more.Who and What to SeeThe show floor will open at 11 a.m. on Friday and will remain open until 5 p.m. The event is collocated with the Americas Glass Showcase™, so you will want to capitalize on the opportunity to rub elbows with members of the auto and flat glass industries. But you don’t have to pack it all into one day, because on Saturday the floor will reopen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here are a few companies you will want to add to your show agenda and must-see list:

Booth #234
Roland ASD
Roland Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) is a provider of premier cutting systems and applications. Experts will be on-hand to demonstrate the company’s plotters as well as its latest Film Designs Pro software. yyä www.rolandasd.com 

Booth #321
Johnson Window Films
Johnson has been a family-run window film provider for more than 30 years. “We’re presenting our full line of commercial, residential and automotive products, along with support materials to help our dealers grow,” says Cody Forbes, the company’s marketing director. “We also are a proud sponsor of the Tint-Off™ event and would like to wish all of the competitors the best of luck.” www.johnsonwindowfilms.com

Booth #332
Madico Inc.
This 30-plus-year veteran film provider has been trusted by names such as the Smithsonian, the Louvre and the NASA space program. Madico will have information and samples on-hand for its full line-up—from decorative to hurricane films and premium automotive products. www.madico.com

Booth #333
UltraFilm USAUltra
Film burst onto the scene last year, debuting its products at the 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The company now offers a complete portfolio of value-priced, premium and specialty window film lines. Stop by to see a mini lab setup, where UltraFilm will demonstrate its special plasma process. www.ultrafilm-usa.com

Booth #531
Aegis Films
Aegis Films is a manufacturer, distributor, installer and exporter of window films for the automotive and architectural sectors. Company officials report it has grown tremendously since its inception in 1992 and it proudly remains 100-percent American.

Aegis offers everything from premium films to ClearBra paint protection, to plotters and software. www.1800gettint.com 

It’s Never Too Late!
If you forgot to take advantage of the discounts by registering in advance, don’t worry—you still can attend. Go ahead and book your flight! Simply visit the registration desk when you arrive. The cost is $179 for Window Film subscribers and $199 for non-subscribers.

If you’re a member of the industry and not yet a subscriber, kill two birds with one stone! Sign up for a FREE subscription to the magazine at the registration desk and claim your $20 registration discount immediately!

Last But Not Least—Let’s Get Down to Business
The International Tint-Off™ will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 2, but competitors and judges for the auto competition are reminded to gather at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, for a mandatory meeting. At 5 p.m. on Friday, finalists will be announced and will then converge Saturday morning at 10 a.m. prior to the finals, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. A winner will be announced and greeted with a grand prize check for $7,500 at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Architectural competitors will need to gather at 6 p.m. Friday for their mandatory meeting and will begin competing at 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning. At 1:45 p.m. a winner will be announced and presented with a check for $1,000.Grab your cameras and head to the competition area. You won’t want to miss this event.
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