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Mirae Nano Tech (english website) declared in a recent press release that it would be launching three new areas of business – retro-reflective film, GEF, and window film.   Mirae Nano has specialized in display component materials like optical films used in TV’s, monitors, and laptop computer screens.  Having risen from 1% market share in 2005 to 30% market share in 2010 and #1 in the world, this company is a true growth story.

Not Mirae Nano is looking

Although this Mercedes C63 is stunning in its chrome blue 360 degree window tint, it is illegal in pretty much every state in the United States.  The chrome reflectiveness exceeds the maximums set by each state, and even the blue color is illegal in many states.  Finally, front-window tint is also illegal in most states as it obscures some vision and may cause incidental glare towards other vehicles.

Nevertheless, this is a beautiful tint job to behold.  Enjoy.

This modern building of stone and glass houses Kansas University’s Center for Design Research.  Giving a place for meeting, lectures, and experiments in design for the University students, this building itself has non-standard roots.  The exterior stonework are byproducts of stone manufacturing:

The exterior stonework was created from cottonwood limestone tailings—the waste product from manufacturing stone. Between March and May, several students cut each of the tailings down into smaller blocks. “I don’t know if they had done something bad,” Thomas

The state of Tennessee will be spending $26.4 million dollars in funds from the Tennessee Valley Authority settlement.  A complete description of the TVA Settlement is available on the EPA website:

In November 1999, EPA issued TVA an administrative compliance order (ACO) alleging that TVA modified a number of coal-fired units at nine of TVA’s plants without first complying with Clean Air Act (CAA) preconstruction obligations that include obtaining preconstruction permits and installing and operating state-of-the-art pollution control technology (CAA

The IWFA helps highlight and educate the consumer and commercial markets on the merits of window film.  This week the highlight is on ultra-violet light during the winter months.  The winter sun follows closer to the horizon and is lower angled than the summer months.  This effect is more noticeable in northern climes.   Harmful ultra-violet radiation directly enters the windows causing fading and discoloration on fabrics and aging on skin.

In northern states, snow on the ground can

SPI, a Korean window film manufacturer, introduces a new line of film called the ‘S9P Series’. This series of window film boasts 99% UV and 98% infrared rejection, which pretty maximizes the performance of the films in the ultra-clear nano/ceramic categories. The film itself is pretty comparable with similar category films offered the leading US window film manufacturers. What was interesting was the way SPI broke down the generations of window film technology.

First Generation Films – Dark privacy oriented

Excellent tinting article written by Jared Diamond from Dealer Marketing Magazine, which helps auto dealers with marketing advice.  With increased amounts of options for marketing from print, magazines, tradeshows, tv, radio, internet, what is the most effective for your business?  It is a tough question to tackle, and much of the advice for car dealers also apply to tint shops.  Some excerpts from the article that tint shops should keep in mind are:

Before advising your client to zone

One of our readers posted this question to TintCenter for advice:

I have a 2003 passat with dark tinted windows to include the drivers and passager windows. This is not legal in CA where I live but I have a doctors note due melanoma. I get pulled over a few times a year and the note has worked until today. CHP says the note only works if its removable tint. I need to take my exsiting tinting off, to get my fix it ticket resolved. but

The Edmonton Journal shared this little story on their online edition:

officers doing photo radar. They looked miserable, and rightly so because it was the Friday before Christmas, so I decided to spread some holiday cheer as I had a plate of homemade cookies.

I pulled onto the street the officers were pulling people over to when I was flagged over by an officer. I rolled down my window and said, “I wasn’t pulled over for speeding, I just wanted to

You may have experienced this before.  A “crack” jolts you out of your work, then 30 seconds later, another “crack”.  Where is the sound coming from?  Eventually, you may find a bird repeatedly striking a window pane as if it wasn’t there.

This problem happens in untinted windows when birds do not see the glass.  Bird strikes also happen in reflective windows when the reflected tree, sky, and clouds indicate free space to fly.  Upon impact, some birds die instantly, some