Volume 12, Issue 5 - September/October 2008

News Worthy


Bekaert Defines Its Carbon Footprint

Bekaert Specialty Films (BSF) recently announced it is the first specialized film manufacturer to define its carbon footprint. “The certification of our carbon footprint is an important step in our overall strategy to improve our environmental practices,” Christophe Fremont, BSF president says. “As leaders, we are pushing the window film industry forward by holding ourselves to a higher standard and implementing these practices before they are required.”

In order to define its footprint, the San Diego-based manufacturer was required to calculate its consumption of electricity and natural gas, as well as total emissions, at each of its service centers and manufacturing sites. The measurement will be verified by an independent auditor from Bureau Veritas and, following the audit, BSF will apply for publication on the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR), where it will join 393 California-based companies that have pledged high environmental standards.

BSF officials say carbon footprint measurements and related innovations have already proven to save the company money and reduce waste. Those innovations include: support for industry organizations and trade associations that promote environmental stewardship; waste, scrap reduction and recycling programs; an emission control system that operates at 99.7 percent efficiency, conforming to strict California clean air requirements; and employee benefits related to environmentally-friendly choices, to name a few.

NFRC Certifies
45 Madico Films
Madico Inc. has announced that 45 of its films are now certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Officials for the Woburn, Mass.-based manufacturer say the company now boasts more than twice the number of NFRC-certified films than any other film manufacturer, including its Sunscape Select®, SafetyShield® and Advanced Ceramics™ branded products.

Tom Niziolek, the company’s director of sales and marketing, says NFRC certification is an example of Madico’s commitment to responsible environmental policies and ethical marketing practices.

“This unprecedented 45-product certification reinforces two of Madico’s most important strategic platforms, namely innovating solutions that reduce energy consumption and articulating product performance in a factual, verifiable manner,” Niziolek says. “We are proud not only that so many of our products received this crucial certification, but also that our dedication to open, honest communication has been validated by such a prestigious organization.”

The certification verifies that a product performs as stated in the areas of solar heat gain coefficient and visible light transmission, according to Madico. Niziolek says this rating is paramount at a time in which customers are paying close attention to the environmental claims and practices of the companies with whom they do business. “Our dealer network is now able to assure customers that the Sunscape Select, SafetyShield and Advanced Ceramics films, as well as a number of additional Madico products, have been proven to meet independent, government-monitored standards,” he says. “I believe NFRC certification is the first step toward receiving an ENERGY STAR® rating and it is my personal and professional goal to help the window film industry see that day.”

Fransko Leaves Performance, Joins NGSG After more than eight years of service, Patric Fransko has decided to leave Performance Tools Distributing in Dublin, Ohio, to become the senior vice president of National Glass Service Group (NGSG), also a Dublin-based company.

“While I will miss the team at Performance, I am excited about a new challenge and confident that we have still only begun to touch the potential of window film application opportunities,” Fransko says. “With higher energy costs and the green movement, this industry is in a unique position to capitalize on a trend that is forefront in everyone’s minds. NGSG will bring some unique strategies to the industry with the goal of attracting many large national and international companies to see the benefits of utilizing window films as part of their green initiatives.”

NGSG is a national sales firm offering window film among other glass-related products. Two of Bekaert’s Appointed to European Organizations Two of Bekaert Specialty Films’ employees were recently appointed to positions with the European Window Film Association (EWFA) and the Glass and Glazing Federation. The EWFA appointed Lawrence Constantin to the position of vice president of the board. Constantin is currently the regional manager for Solar Gard® Europe, Middle East and Africa and has been in the window film industry since 1989. He has worked for Bekaert since 2001 and his new appointment as EWFA board vice president is immediately effective.

Ian Penfold, also of Solar Gard®, was appointed chairman for the Applied Window Film Group of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). Penfold started his career in the window film industry in 1983 and specializes in the fields of blast mitigation, health and safety regulations, solar control, and insulation. In 2005, he joined Bekaert as flat glass sales manager for the UK and Ireland.

Solamatrix Opens Fourth Distribution Center Solamatrix recently opened a Sun-Gard® Mid-America distribution center. The Dallas, Texas-based center distributes all Solamatrix brand products, including Sun-Gard® and Glass-Gard® brand films.

“With the opening of Sun-Gard Mid-America, we now have a comprehensive US distribution network so we can provide excellent customer service to any dealer in the country,”says Bill Stewart, North American sales and operations manager.

The new facility marks the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based manufacturer’s fourth company-owned distribution center and will serve the company’s dealers in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Louisiana and Texas.

Hanita Signs Agreement with STM
Brookfield, Wis.-based HanitaTek Window Films recently signed an agreement with STM Window Films, a St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec-based distributor, to distribute SolarZone and SafetyZone films in Canada.

“STM provides incredibly efficient logistics into Canada, and they have an outstanding orientation to serving their customers,” says Lloyd Brown, president of HanitaTek. “We are pleased to formalize our relationship with STM, and we know we will continue to grow in the Canadian market.”

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