45 posts categorized "Window Film"

February 05, 2013

Congress Approves Energy Tax Credit For Window Films

Madico Window Films is pleased to share the press release below from the International Window Film Association (IWFA) regarding the recent enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which now allows for tax incentives for energy efficient home improvements, such as window film. 

Washington, D.C. – January 15, 2013 -- Congress has just given American homeowners a chance to keep more of their hard-earned money with tax credits for energy efficient upgrades planned for 2013, or made in 2012. Window Film is eligible for the tax credits approved by Congress and the tax incentive can cover up to 10 percent of the cost of the installation of window film to a maximum of $500, states the International Window Film Association (IWFA).

“We are delighted that Congress recently enacted a bill, titled the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, that includes tax incentives for energy efficient home improvements, such as installing window film,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the nonprofit IWFA. “To make people more aware of this great opportunity we are sharing this news through our Facebook and Twitter pages and we are also offering a free consumer booklet so consumers can learn more about window film,” he added.

“While the “greening” of our homes is a high priority, most of the new energy-efficient technologies require significant investment to reap long-term benefits, but window film has been shown to be a most cost-effective means of improving energy performance,” said Smith.

As a long-term and cost-effective solution for saving energy, window film qualifies in the legislation as part of a building’s ‘insulation envelope’. It can reduce energy consumption from solar heat gain in summer or reflect interior heat back inside in winter, while allowing in natural light without the negative impact of UV exposure. Consumers should check with their window film installer or manufacturer to make sure their product qualifies under the law.

For more information on window film’s many benefits the IWFA offers a free consumer booklet available that can be found at: http://www.iwfa.com/ConsumerInfo/IWFAWindowFilmBooklet.aspx

About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) is a nonprofit organization of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the industry by providing unbiased research, influencing policy and promoting consumer awareness of the many benefits of window film. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Madico has a number of architectural film options that qualify for the tax credit. To find out which specific films are eligible in your area, please refer to the climate zone map, here. If you have any questions, please contact us at windowfilm@madico.com.

January 21, 2013

Sun-Gard Distributor Exhibits at the International Motor Show 2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia Show 1Held annually, the Indonesia International Motor Show, (IIMS) 2012 featured over 30 manufacturers of passenger vehicles, light trucks and motorcycles, as well hundreds of manufacturers and distributors of automotive aftermarket equipment and accessories.  Covering over 70,000 square meters (750,000 square feet) of exhibition space at the Jakarta International Expo, IIMS 2012 is the biggest automotive exhibition in Southeast Asia and one of the largest in the world.

The theme of IIMS 2012 was “Eco Mobility” and exhibitors displayed eco-friendly technologies that support a smarter urban society lifestyle.  Sun-Gard Indo Mulia, our exclusive Indonesian distributor, exhibited a wide range of professional grade Sun-Gard automotive solar control window films and featured a video-simulated, “Sun-Gard Driving Challenge,” contest that awarded Rp 1,000,000 (Indonesian Rupiah) to the lucky winner.

According to Handoko Salim of Sun-Gard Indo Mulia, this year’s IIMS was a huge success, “We had the best exhibition ever that included a lot of visitors.  We also gave away many Sun-Gard promotional items.  The Sun-Gard Driving Challenge was a real hit; customers especially enjoyed battling for the chance to win the grand prize.  We generated a lot of interest at the exhibition and took some new orders on the spot.  It was a great week for Sun-Gard Indonesia.”

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January 09, 2013

Sun-Gard sponsorship of popular Courage Polar Dip helps the fundraiser reach its 1 million dollar goal in total funds donated to World Vision


582298_468386749884824_365525058_nEvery year hundreds of people jump into the cold icy waters of Lake Ontario at Coronation Park in Oakville, Ontario on New Years' day.  Some do it to try something a little over the edge, some do it to bring in the New Year, but they all do it to help World Vision Canada. Sun-Gard is a proud annual sponsor of Canada’s largest charitable event helping over 6,000 families in the Right to Clean Water Project in Rwanda.

The Courage Polar Bear Dip started out as a family tradition initiated by Todd and Trent Courage in 1985, later with a good cause thrown in. The three waves of 30-second sprints at Coronation Park raised more than $120,000, bringing the total donated to World Vision — the event’s charity partner since 1995 — to more than $1 million.

Angie Leonetti, marketing and customer relations manager for Sun-Gard, is always happy to support this event and the Courage Brothers. “As an annual corporate sponsor, we were thrilled to learn that after this year’s event the Polar Bear Dip has now contributed more than $1 million to the World Vision charity. What a great accomplishment!”

Courage is the exclusive distributor of Sun-Gard Solar Control products in Canada. They have represented Sun-Gard for many years and Sun-Gard is proud of its long-term business partnership with them.

For more information about the annual frigid Courage Polar Bear Dip and their commitment to World Vision, please visit their website at www.polarbeardip.ca.  To view more on the chilly merriment, check out their YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages for videos and pictures from the event.



December 18, 2012

Madico Window Films Thanks Customers for another Successful Year

As 2012 comes to an end, Madico Window Films would like to thank our valued customers for their business and loyalty throughout the year. We hope you have enjoyed our blog entries as we have strived to keep you apprised of the latest happenings at Madico as well as the window film industry as a whole. Staying connected with our customers is a top priority of ours and we have enjoyed reaching out to you through this innovative platform.

Lobby 2012 (2)Madico Window Film’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Jeffrey Plummer, has these words to share as we wrap up the year, “2012 has proved to be quite the eventful year for Madico Window Films!  Not only have we had a record breaking year in terms of film sales, but we have also had the opportunity to spend a significant investment on improvements to our factory in St. Petersburg, Florida. If you have not visited us in the past, or in the past year, I invite you to do so now. Our emphasis on continuously improving the quality of our products has never been higher. 

“In the past year, we have opened new service centers in Windsor, CT and Houston, TX to better meet the needs of our customers. We have also continued to make available our fastest growing product line, Wincos IR Automotive film, and appreciate all of the positive customer feedback we have been receiving on this product. 

“The close relationships that we share with so many of our customers, is what makes Madico a truly unique organization amongst our industry. We thank you for the opportunity to provide you with the quality products needed to grow your business and look forward to an exciting 2013!”

Happy Holidays from the entire Madico Window Films team! 

December 03, 2012

Madico Window Films, St. Petersburg, Florida Facility Improvements

New machine view 8Madico Window Films has recently invested several million dollars in upgrades and process improvements to our manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, Florida. The goal of this capital investment is to improve energy conservation, increase process efficiencies and ultimately achieve our goal to produce the best quality window films in the industry.

Window Film Magazine recently recognized our efforts and dedicated an article to highlighting our facility’s upgrades for their readers.

Excerpt taken from Window Film Magazine:

“Madico Window Films is committed to quality improvements and plans to continue additional upgrades in the near future,” says Shawn Kitchell, vice president of manufacturing for Madico. “We are currently striving to achieve the Class 1000 clean room standards for our manufacturing lines as well as installing automated conveying systems for material transport throughout our facility.  As is evident by the recent investment in our facility, we take producing the highest quality products very seriously and will never stop looking for new ways to improve.”

Facility improvements that will be completed during the renovation include the installation of temperature-controlled bulk storage tanks for adhesives and solvents, new high energy mixing equipment, an upgraded clean room environment, an upgraded on-line optical scanner, a new hard coat thickness measurement system, installation of on-line color and visible light transmission (VLT) monitoring equipment, upgrades to slitting machines, updates to drying and pollution abatement systems, new equipment  including a gas chromatograph to ensure proper adhesive curing and a particle analyzer to prevent contamination, and a total overhaul of the raw material receiving and storage facility including a cantilever racking system which reduces the risk of product contamination.

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November 06, 2012

Sun-Gard Film Featured at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas


Black pearl kiosk (3)Madico Window films recently returned from another successful SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show took place October 30 - November 2, 2012 and featured some of the biggest players in the automotive industry. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

Our Sun-Gard products were featured prominently at this year’s show. With a two-story booth that took up 20’x 50’ of floor space, the brand was highly visible to all that visited the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year we highlighted our complete lines of automotive products and our Sun-Gard Black Pearl film was even featured with a hands-on heat shrinking demonstration. Window film installers were encouraged to step up and try it out for themselves.

While the focus of SEMA is on automotive products, we used the opportunity to showcase our new Sunscape Designer Films program. Many of the larger automotive dealers at the show also install flat glass films and were interested in hearing about our exclusive Sunscape business opportunity.

In addition to highlighting our products, we held meetings with over 40 international customers, large private label accounts and distribution prospects.  In an effort to thank several of our distribution partners from around the world, Madico hosted a dinner on Wednesday night. It was the perfect way to bring everyone together to network and have some fun. Our valued partners left the dinner feeling like they were part of a business minded, yet friendly family.

To top off the tradeshow, the Madico/Sun-Gard team hosted a customer appreciation party at Diablo’s Cantina on Thursday night. This event allows us to get to know and thank many of our loyal U.S. customers as well as reach out to prospective dealers.

This year’s SEMA Show was a huge success for Madico Window Films. We took several orders during the show and collected over 300 hundred leads that we will be following up on immediately after the event.  We look forward to working with the many new customers we gained at the show!

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October 25, 2012

Madico Window Films Prepares for the 2012 SEMA Show

Madico Window Films is busy putting the final touches on our plans for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas! Our team is looking forward to exhibiting at the show, meeting new dealers and reconnecting with our current customers.  The SEMA Show is also always a great opportunity to get together with our international distributors from around the world.

This year we will be showcasing our complete line of Madico and Sun-Gard automotive films.  Our booth will even feature interactive kiosks where visitors can learn firsthand about an array of Madico products.  Information on our new exclusive Sunscape dealer program will also be available to those dealers who work with flat glass.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest Madico products through exciting interactive experiences such as a DefenZall Paint Protection Film Demonstration. Window film installers can also experiment with the superior shrinkability of our Black Pearl Film right in the booth.

The Madico Window Films team is looking forward to mixing and mingling with our valued distributors and dealers on Thursday night during our “Customer Appreciation Party.” Attendance is by invitation only.

The SEMA Show is the largest annual gathering of small businesses on the planet. It’s the place where more than 115,000 industry professionals connect to do business. The show drives the automotive industry; it’s where all the latest products are introduced. More than 1,500 will be displayed in the New Products Showcase to a global audience of buyers and media.

The 2012 SEMA Show is October 30- November 2 in Las Vegas, NV.  Come visit us a booth #12525!



September 25, 2012

Madico Window Films® Returns from the IWFC & Tint-Off

2012-09-21 16 28 32We just got back from an exciting few days at the International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off in Louisville, Kentucky!  This event is the only true window film focused trade conference held in the United States and we were proud to participate as both a sponsor and exhibitor.

During the event we highlighted both our Madico and Sun-Gard lines of solar control products and gave demonstrations of our DefenZall™ Paint Protection Film. There were also several educational sessions available to attendees at the conference.  Our own Andy Hayes, Technical Services Engineer, presented the benefits of Efilm to dealers eager to learn more about how the program can help their businesses. Efilm was created specifically for the window film industry and provides potential clients an estimated return on investment and detailed information on how consumption can be reduced with window film.

The conference also consisted of an exciting Tint-Off Competition. Madico and Sun-Gard were proud to sponsor six dealers in the Automotive Tint-Off and David DeRocha of Adhesive Pro in Dallas, TX made it to the finals!  We also had three dealers compete in the Architectural Tint-Off with Hann Kim of STM (Solar Transmission Management) in Los Angeles, CA winning first place! Congratulations to our talented dealers!  Our own Bill Stewart, Business Development Manager – Automotive, served as one of the three Automotive Tint-Off judges.

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Through all of our activities during the conference, we were able to connect with several current customers and many prospects. Madico is a proud member of IWFA and we look forward to next year’s event which will conveniently be in Tampa, Florida.

July 27, 2012

UV GARD by SUN-GARD Continues to Offer Protection to Child with Rare Skin Condition

DSCN0254 (2)2Let us reintroduce you to Peyton, a little boy with an extraordinarily rare and incurable skin disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).  XP is a rare genetic disease where Peyton’s DNA lacks the ability to repair damage from UV light. It causes Peyton to be extremely sensitive to the damaging effects of the sun and other UV radiation sources. XP can lead to the early onset of skin cancer and melanoma. A couple of years ago we were able to help Peyton and his family by donating our UV GARD film for use on his custom protective hats.  These specialized hats allow those with XP to be out in the daylight for brief periods such as walking to and from the car from a building.

We are pleased to share that Peyton is doing very well and will soon be entering the first grade! His family has worked hard to come up with creative ways to allow him to stay safe and enjoy the outdoors.  Recently, they installed our film on a camper so that while inside Peyton can enjoy a nice view of the outdoors rather than being forced to keep the blinds closed. Once the sun goes down he is able to exit the camper and enjoy nature first hand.

The XP Family Support Group has played a huge role in the lives of Peyton and his family. The group is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those affected with xeroderma pigmentosum through education and support services, researching effective treatments, and ultimately finding a cure. To assist in their fight, the group is hosting its Annual Golf Tournament this August to raise money for their cause.  The golf tournament will consist of nine holes played during the day and nine holes of “glow in the dark” golf played at night so that those with XP can also join in on the fun.  SUN-GARD is proud to be participating in this event as a gift bag sponsor.  We wish the XP Family Support Group a successful event and commend their efforts in helping those affected by this condition!

To learn more about XP and how you can help others like Peyton visit, http://www.xpfamilysupport.org/index.html.



June 28, 2012

Tint Masters Utilizes Social Media to Gain New Business in Georgia

Picture1Jay Wilson has been in the window film industry for nearly 20 years. From owning a shop that
specialized in both tint and automotive accessories to working as a mobile tinter servicing the needs of local car dealerships, he has seen it all!  Today, Jay is the owner of Tint Masters, LLC in Evans, Georgia and is focused solely on providing his customers with quality window film installations.  

Throughout his years in the industry, Jay has worked with pretty much every film on the market and has always come back to Sun-Gard.  He now exclusively offers Sun-Gard products to his customers due to the ease with which the products install and their reliability. Recently, Tint Masters installed Signature 20 on four windows of a home and was asked back to complete another 20 windows.  Now that’s a testament to both the skilled work of Tint Masters and our Sun-Gard products!

 Jay has taken a unique approach to promoting Tint Masters.  He does not use any paid advertising and instead relies on his company Facebook page to spread the word about his work.  After completing a job, Jay will ask the customer’s permission to take a photo and place it on Tint Masters Facebook page.  Sharing these photos of completed work with the local community has allowed Tint Masters to gain a great deal of business through online referrals.

“Our company Facebook page has proved to be a very useful tool in growing my business” owner Jay Wilson said.  “My customers love to see their vehicles and homes up on our page and by tagging the customer in the photo we are also able to reach out to their friends and family members, gaining an even larger audience.”

We wish Tint Masters continued success and look forward to following their work with our Sun-Gard products on Facebook! 

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