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 NEWS 

Aussie windows get wise

Australia’s first summer marketing campaign for tinters was launched in November. The national Sun Wise Windows campaign educates consumers on how to transform a regular window into a ‘sun wise’ window using window film.

 

The focus is on reducing exposure to UV radiation and controlling unwanted heat gain – the two biggest consumer hot buttons as we head into summer.

 

WFAANZ members from every State are participating in this first-of-its-kind marketing program.

 

Tinters were provided a range of materials, tailored with their own logo and info, to promote the campaign – logos, fact sheet, poster, website and Facebook graphic and a media release. The media release is sent to the tinter’s local newspaper to generate free publicity for their business.

 

Involvement in the campaign is reserved for WFAANZ members only.


Record breaking heat

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 2016 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures of 2015.

 

In fact, the WMO attests each of the last three years were the hottest on record.

 

Global temperatures for January to September 2016 have been about 0.88° C above the average from the baseline period (1961-1990). Preliminary data for October indicate temperatures are at a high enough level to forecast 2016 as the hottest year on record. This would mean that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century (1998 was the other one).

 

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said, “Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016.”  


Illegal auto film blitz in VIC

VIC police has announced it will restart the ‘Operation Halo’ blitz on illegal auto film this Christmas. First seen back in April this year, the crackdown came on the back of police issuing AutoLight meters to highway patrol officers. More information in this Seven News story, which aired Saturday, 26 November.

 

Remember – WFAANZ members can purchase an AutoLight meter at a reduced member rate, more info here.

 

Control at your fingertips

Honda has applied to patent a technology that enables passengers to control a vehicle’s tint using their fingertips. By dragging a finger across the glass, occupants can adjust how much of the window they want tinted.


Asia Pacific claims largest share of solar control film market

The value of the Asia Pacific solar control window film market in 2015 was more than US $170 million, attested a report on ReportLinker in October, representing the largest share in the global market. Our region is also projected to be the world’s fastest growing market from 2016 to 2024.

 

The global solar control window film market is expected to reach USD $849.2 million by 2024. Booming construction and automotive markets will continue to fuel the growth, along with increasing regulations regarding energy consumption and conservation, particularly in commercial buildings.

 

In 2015 flat glass installations accounted for 57.4% of the international solar control film industry. Increased construction activity in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa will add momentum to the forecasted upswing.


Energy scorecard coming soon to VIC

The Residential Efficiency Scorecard is a new Victorian Government initiative, likely to be launched early 2017. Targeting existing homes, it’s a web-based tool used by a trained energy assessor to identify and record information about elements of home that affect the energy or hot weather performance. A rating for the home is generated, plus a hot weather rating, which is of interest to window film industry. It will also provide recommendations regarding upgrade options.

 

It’s the first purpose-designed home assessment tool of its kind in Australia, enabling householders to understand, compare and improve the comfort of their home and save on energy costs.

 

From the AWA: “This, plus changes to the NCC, BASIX, and Voluntary Disclosure schemes, mean that the next few years are shaping up to see some major steps forward in energy efficiency and will drive the demand for high performance glazing systems.” 

 

WFAANZ partners with Sydney Build 2017

In a bid to strengthen ties with the NSW construction and architectural markets, WFAANZ has announced it is an event partner of Sydney Build 2017. The annual Sydney Build Expo focuses exclusively on residential and commercial construction opportunities in NSW.

 

Running from the 30th - 31st of March at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, the exhibition and conference attracts construction company decision makers, architects, building managers, construction managers, commercial and home builders, engineers and project managers.

 

WFAANZ will provide a speaker for the sustainability workshop session, to highlight window film’s enormous potential when upgrading, renovating or specifying with the intent to improve the efficiency of a building. The WERS For Film program, namely the idea of using accredited installers and rated products, will also be central to the discussion.

 

Window film installers interested in attending the exhibition should visit the website to register for free. Those interested in exhibiting at the event can contact Katherine Chan on 02 8006 7557 or email her here.

 

Porsche driver's windfall

Plaintiffs in a class action suit against Porsche received an undisclosed amount of money after the auto manufacturer settled in a case which accused the company of 'windshield glare' in some of its vehicles.

 

An alfresco solution

Owners of a West Pennant Hills home had a problem. With a stunning, pitched, glass-roof over their outdoor entertainment area, the location was a perfect for the Christmas family get-together. But sun shining through the glass caused massive heat and glare issues, to the point of the space being unusable at certain times of the day.

Window film installer TintFX, who had installed film in the home two years prior, was called in to offer advice.

Aaron McCarthy, TintFX, said, “Typically for a roof you’d use 80% heat reduction as a standard, but in this instance my client really wanted something a bit lighter to keep the outdoor ambiance.”

A film with 61% heat reduction, 65% glare reduction and low internal reflection was selected.

Aaron adds, “She’s still getting almost three times the heat reduction, while enjoying the natural light and not having to wear sunglasses at the table.”

 
FEATURE STORY 

Paint Protection Film - avenue worth exploring?

Paint Protection Film or PPF is still a fledgling offshoot of the window film industry in the States, representing an even smaller percentage of the market here in Australia. But with a passionate, sizeable and rampant market of car enthusiasts in this country, is PPF on the brink of something bigger?

 

If PPF is applied correctly, you shouldn’t be able to tell it’s even there. It’s a virtually-invisible coat of polyurethane armour that can be applied to an entire vehicle. With elastomeric properties, the material can essentially ‘heal’ itself when a stone or other debris bounces off it. It is also resistant to staining.

 

Mal Cruickshank, Window Films WA, comments, “In my experience, PPF enhances most paint work, adding a 100 micron of high gloss clear coating to the paint.”

 

The service safeguards an existing feature of the vehicle by protecting the paint job. The idea is that the film could be removed after ten years and the paint job underneath would be as fresh as when the PPF was first applied. In this, PPF protects the resale value of a vehicle and possibly reduces maintenance costs along the way.

 

With a high profit margin compared to auto tint, there are a variety of ways auto tinters in the US have successfully incorporated PPF into their sales offering.

 

One such way is to suggest its use on high-use areas such as door edges. Adding PPF to door edges can take only two minutes per door, so the labour versus profit margin is extremely favourable.

 

The other benefit to auto tinters wanting to expand into the field of PPF is accessing a whole other market. Car enthusiasts are more willing to spend more money on their vehicles, and the opportunity is to sell them on the idea of PPF, and then try to upsell tint for their windows. Effectively turning a tinter’s sales model on its head.

 

By all accounts there was more attention on PPF than ever before at SEMA this year. Popular among attendees was the concept of self-healing PPFs, equipped with a special top-coat that’s anti-dirt and anti-chemical that allows the film to self-repair at room temperature.

 

Meanwhile in Australia, while some tinters do offer PPF, the feedback to WFAANZ has been that demand isn’t there yet. One of our flat glass members commented, “We promote PPF on our website under surface protection and have sent emails to all our commercial customers. No bites yet.” 

 

ASK AWAY 

How to find tinters

Our demands for installation are growing significantly at the moment, but it’s been hard to find more installers. Do you have any thoughts about where to ask, or where to look for apprentices?

There are a few ways WFAANZ can help with this. Members can contact me here to request a story in the newsletter about your search for tinters. As it’s sent to the entire industry, it’s the obvious place to start.

 

We can also place a post on Facebook, and add a mention in the online Tinter Job Search page.

 

All tinters, whether they’re members or not, can join the WFAANZ online tinter forum and place a message there to find employees.

 

Too tough to scuff?

I recently removed frosted vinyl from a shop window. After I removed the vinyl it was evident the glass underneath was coated, I think it was comfort plus. When I removed all the adhesive with a blade the window had dark scuffing (not scratches) on it. I was wondering - can the scuffing be removed and how? And secondly, if film is installed over these products what happens in the future? How would the warranty work and who would be responsible for damage to the glass? Even though I removed the film, I was not told and could not tell the actual glass was coated.

A comfort plus coating is very hard, you're unlikely to damage it. The scuff marks are probably from your steel scraper blade being worn down as the coating is harder than the steel. The only way to clean those black marks is with hydrochloric acid, which is pool acid. Dilute it down to about 10% in water and that should be strong enough. Spot spray the acid on the marks and they will wipe off.

 

As for liability, when removing film it’s vital you’re upfront from the get-go. Promise to be as careful as you can and tell the client if you see your removal is damaging the glass, you will stop and show them and make it their call how they want to proceed.

 

Keep in mind though, in the building and construction industry the rule is the last trade to work/touch a product is responsible for its performance. This is one reason why many companies don’t like to rectify someone’s poor work.

 

Eyes on the curves

Can window film be applied to bent or curved glass?

You can apply film no problems if the glass is curved in two dimensions only (so curved one way with a single radius), and not curved in three dimensions like a bubble type shape. Of course, always pay attention to thermal stress and the glass type.

 

The difficulty with three-dimension curved glass is that the film is a flat sheet, it is happy to bend one way but not two ways at once.

 

This is why we apply heat to shrink film onto rear screens of cars as they are slightly curved three dimensionally. That is acceptable for a small car window but likely unpractical to heat shrink successfully on something as large as a house or building window.

 

Bubble trouble

I had tint installed to my office eight months ago, and now tiny bubbles are starting to appear, larger ones around the edges. The installer said that is just dirt under the tint and not to be concerned. Will the bubbles get worse?

It is out of the ordinary for bubbles to appear after so many months. When film is newly installed it is normal for bubbles of water to appear, which will dry out in weeks and sometimes months depending on the circumstances. Once they have dried, however, there should be no more. Refer to the WFAANZ fact sheet explaining the drying process.

 

Without seeing the install, it is impossible to understand the true nature of this issue. But if there is dirt under the film, then bubbles caused by dirt particles should not grow in size or number. If they do, you should definitely speak to the installer to seek advice. If you are worried about the bubbles growing then you can use a soft pencil or something similar (which will not mark the film permanently) and circle the outline of some of the bubbles so then you can see over time if they’re growing or shrinking.

 

Windscreen is off limits

I own a 2003 Toyota Hilux and do a lot of driving. Is there currently a legal tint for the front windscreen that doesn't darken but blocks UV rays as I often get sunburnt while driving?

Unfortunately the answer is no, window film is not allowed on the entire windscreen in any State/Territory of Australia. Even clear films aren’t allowed, with regulatory authorities stating they can’t be sure that over time the film won’t change colour or in some way disrupt the vision of the driver. In most States, you’re allowed a section of film at the very top of the windscreen. It is also worth considering using film on the front windows, to stop UV rays penetrating the driver’s window.

For the full auto regulations check out this page of our website.

 
MARKETING

SWMS made easy

Demand for a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is on the rise, as WFAANZ was approached by numerous members this year seeking help with their paperwork for commercial flat glass jobs. In response, WFAANZ developed an SWMS template for our members to use, to make the process easier.

 

The template will be updated as the requirements change. All members will be emailed these updates.

 

See here the technical bulletin explaining what a SWMS is and what it needs to cover. The template is a different document to this technical bulletin, it’s a simple Word file that allows you to add your logo, update with project details and submit to your site manager or builder.

 

If you’d like to receive a copy of the SWMS template, please contact Joanne Valvekens.

 

Member survey

Members will receive a link to a quick and easy member survey this week. We ask you to take three minutes to complete the survey, so we can ensure that as an industry association we stay on track when determining the member benefits that help Aussie tinters the most.

 

Thanks in advance for your time.



Facebook tip

The problem many tinters face when managing their business Facebook page is what to post? Everyone says you should have regular updates, but apart from adding images from cars or homes you’ve just tinted, what else can you talk about?

 

WFAANZ recommends you like the WFAANZ Facebook page, and then you can like or share our posts with your followers. We provide weekly updates you can read and share if relevant. It’s an easy avenue to great content.


Help for employers

If you employ people, whether it be one person or fifty, you would have run across a question or two about staff management. Award rates, absenteeism, leave or sick pay, redundancy, dismissal - basically anything covering your rights and responsibilities as an employer.

 

We’d like to remind all our members that WFAANZ offers you free phone access to Employsure. Employsure is a well-known and well-established provider of employment regulations and work health and safety advice. Our members can call Employsure with questions on these issues, for free advice and assistance.

 

Download our third party discounts flyer or contact Joanne Valvekens for more information.

 
MEMBER SERVICES 

Looking for tinters

Glastint is a well-established tinting company operating in Sydney for more than 15 years. Working with residential and commercial customers, Glastint installs solar, frosted, graphics and safety / security films. The business is looking for an experienced tinter or someone ready to learn. Part time and full time positions available. Candidate must be well presented, with a current driver’s licence. Interested parties can forward their resume to contact@glastint.com.au.

Welcome aboard
WFAANZ extends a warm welcome to our new members:

•    Krop Installs
•    The Tint & Frost Boss
•    Unscratch the Surface

 

New arrival

Just a reminder your regular WFAANZ marketing contact, Ally Cronan, will be out of action from the end of November until the beginning of May 2017 as she’s having a baby. All enquiries should be directed to Joanne Valvekens on 02 9498 2768 or info@wfaanz.org.au.

 

The WFAANZ secretariat office will be closed from 12pm Friday 23 December, and will reopen once again on Monday 9 January.

 

Keen to join the tint team?

Installers wanting to join WFAANZ can contact us here for more info about what's involved. This has been another bumper year for the association in terms of what we've delivered to members - third party incentives,regular industry updates, business tools and support facilities.

 

There is a new member benefit document for anyone wanting to learn why WFAANZ was formed, what we do, fee allocations and what's involved with membership. Download here.

Happy Aussie Christmas

I’d like to take this chance to wish all our readers a safe, happy and love-filled Christmas and New Years. May there be lots of work when you need it, and plenty of time for a break when you deserve it. Looking forward to working with you all again in the new year.

 
 

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