Top Stories from windowfilmmag.com by Katherine Coig
What were some of the trending hot topics on
WindowFilmMag.com since our last issue? These are
the stories that have the industry buzzing:
Hanita Coatings Sells to Avery Dennison
According to the Calcalist news website,Hanita Coatings was bought
by the manufacturerAvery Dennison for $75 million.The report stated
that the company had signed a memorandum of understanding and is
finishing its due diligence,after which it will pay $66 million.The remaining
$9 million will be paid upon reaching certain milestones.
Upon the purchase,Avery Dennison will acquire access to Hanita’s patented
technology that allows the company to have high-quality solutions equivalent to
sputtering. It allows them to cover three to five meters per second.
Hanita has yet to make a comment.
Three intense days of compe-
tition atWFCT,and the winners of all
three divisions were finally announced
on the evening of October 7.
Tyler O’Hara of Ghost Shield Paint
home the gold in the Paint Protection
Film Division;Yohan Kim of 1Day Tint
in Huntsville, Ala., won the gold in
the Architectural Division; and Jong-
Moon Lee of SMPS in Gimcheon-si,
Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea, was award-
ed the gold in theAutomotive Division.
Keywords: Hanita Coatings,Avery Dennison
As we transition
into the colder months,
chances are less tinting
opportunities will roll through your
shop. So how do you prepare your
window-film shop for the slow seasons
of Fall andWinter?
According to the Reynolds brothers,
owners ofTint My Ride inVermont, in
as little as two weeks’ time, they’ll sell
as much in gift certificates as they will
in tint for the whole month of June. In
short, don’t underestimate the power
of the holiday seasons.
If you weren’t pushing PPF,now’s the
time to start. It’s a year-round product
that has benefits for all seasons, but
it can really help drive-in cold season
sales,says Dave Coles,owner of Image
Autographix &Tint in Canada.
John Bartle, location manager of
Ziebart in N.Y., explains it’s all about
maintaining relationships with car deal-
ers. Car dealers will push customers
to get their windows tinted, and for
repayment, give them a little kick-back.
Keywords: Colder Months
Hüper Optik continued its expan-
sion as Tekton Performance Films
became the company’s exclusive
Canadian distributor of window
films and paint protection films.
With distribution partners continu-
ing to be a big part of Hüper Optik’s
effort to grow, the company decided
to expand the territory to further
pursue opportunities in Canada.
Tekton has also made a commit-
ment to not compete with their
dealers by having a retail division
and pass on any jobs they create to
their authorized Hüper Optik deal-
ers in the area.
U.S. Film Crew
U.S. Film Crew (USFC) partnered
with installer Rick Lerma to cre-
ate the new window-film company
Lerma Film Crew (LFC).
The new company will absorb
USFC’s subcontracting division, but
USFC will continue to exist as a sep-
arate company,serving only as a win-
dow-film dealer in the Pittsburgh,Pa.,
area. LFC will then have two bases:
one in Pittsburgh, and the other in
Keywords: Hüper Optik Expansion
According to USFC, the union will
provide a new standard for subcon-
tracting window film installation. As
the pair says, “It’s new, but already
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Keywords: USFC Partners
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