Madico® Kicks Off Skin Cancer Awareness Month with Reminder about Indoor Sun Protection

Each year about two million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer. Yet skin cancer remains highly preventable, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Madico® is reminding the public of the significant protection that residential and commercial window films can provide by blocking as much as 99 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, such as applying sunscreen, many people don’t realize the potential damage UV rays can cause to the skin while indoors.


Facts about UVA/UVB exposure from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • It’s estimated that the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2019 will increase by 7.7 percent.
  • Sun damage causes 90% of all premature skin aging and wrinkles
  • The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.

Madico window film offers protection from direct sunlight and damaging UV rays, whether it be through car windows during a summer road trip or sitting at a desk next to a window while at the office. Window film can also help protect car upholstery and  furnishings from fading, as well as cut down heat within the home, which can reduce air conditioning expenses.

Learn more about how window film can help protect you skin by visiting the The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.


Madico®, Inc. acquires Midwest Marketing’s Distribution Business

Madico®, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of a broad range of materials-based solutions, today announced its acquisition of the window film distribution business of Midwest Marketing, Inc.


Owned by Jim House and based in Peoria, Illinois, Midwest Marketing has been a longtime distributor of Madico’s automotive and architectural window films with territories that expand into six states throughout the Midwest.


“Midwest Marketing has been an outstanding partner and successful distributor of our products for almost 40 years,” said Jeffrey Plummer, Madico Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Jim House has long been a true pioneer of the window film industry and we wish him continued success in his ongoing businesses including his window film installation business and as a distributor of custom made roller shade products.”


The acquisition of Midwest Marketing’s window film distribution business now allows Madico to provide 100% factory direct service to all customers in the United States. Dealers in the Midwest territory will purchase their products directly from either the Madico Northeast Service Center located in Windsor, Connecticut, or the Madico Mid-America Service Center in Dallas, Texas, depending on their location.


Window film dealers in the Midwest will continue to have access to Madico’s full product portfolio, including Sunscape®, ClearPlex® windshield protection film and the SafetyShield® Premier Partner program.


Madico®, Inc. Introduces Black Pearl® Nano-Ceramic Automotive Film

Madico®, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of materials-based solutions, today announced the latest addition to its successful line of automotive films, Black Pearl® Nano-Ceramic. The new film uses advanced nano-ceramic technology to provide up to 87% infrared heat rejection, increasing comfort, reducing glare, and keeping vehicle interiors cooler.


Black Pearl NC has excellent conformability for easy installation, making the latest from Madico the perfect product for film installers to expand their business and meet consumer demand for ceramic films.


“We absolutely love the Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic film. Our technicians love to install it and our customers are always pleased with the result,” said Leslie Ewing of Made in the Shade in Mesa, Ariz., who was one of Madico’s first dealers to begin using the new ceramic film. “Many of our employees have Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic on their own vehicles so our customers can take a look at it installed before they purchase. People are always happy with what they see and even how they feel when they sit inside the car.”


Available in a wide range of different visible light transmissions or shades to accommodate any driver’s preference, Black Pearl NC also features a rich, black color popular with consumers.


“Adding the Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic to Madico’s trusted line of high performance automotive films provides dealers with a range of options to meet the needs of their customers,” said Jeffrey Plummer, Madico’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “This product brings the best of window film technology into auto shops across the country.”


Like all Madico products, Black Pearl NC provides a level of safety should drivers be involved in an accident. The film holds together broken glass, lessening the chance of flying shards of glass harming a vehicle’s occupants. The film also protects a car’s interior surfaces and upholstery from excessive UV exposure and the drying effects of the sun, adding to the longevity of the vehicle.


“I was very excited to offer Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic in my shop'” said David Lopez of Dwight’s Auto Glass & Tint in Tucson, Ariz., who was another one of Madico’s first dealers to try out Black Pearl NC. “I have found that more and more customers were coming in and asking for ceramic films. Now I’m happy to be able to provide my customers with a quality product that is easy to install and shrinks easily. The film also has a really nice color to it and good range of VLT’s.”


Black Pearl NC is a 1.5 mil premium grade film product and comes with a lifetime warranty that is now available from participating Madico dealers.


Vacuum Depositing Inc. Continues its Technology Drive with New Leadership

Vacuum Depositing Inc., VDI, a fully owned subsidiary of Lintec Corporation and a leader in roll‐to‐roll deposition of evaporative, sputtered, and dielectric coatings on flexible substrates, announced today an expansion of its manufacturing capabilities under the leadership of new management.


Shawn R. Kitchell has been appointed as the new President of VDI, replacing founder David Bryant. Kitchell brings significant experience in the converting industry to the leadership of VDI. He also serves as the President of Madico, Inc., one of the worlds’ leading manufacturers of coating and laminating solutions and also a subsidiary of Lintec. “We are excited about the many positive changes at VDI with respect to people and capability, and we are very appreciative of the outstanding company that David Bryant created and developed over the years. We wish David the best in his future endeavors,” said VDI President Shawn Kitchell.


Ronald Jones has been selected as the new Vice President of Operations, to lead VDI’s operational and strategic direction into the future. Ron brings to the role over 20 years of progressively more challenging operations, R&D, and general management experience. His background spans several industries and includes both full‐site and multi‐site management responsibility.


VDI’s new manufacturing capabilities include metallic and barrier electron beam coatings up to 80” wide. This is in addition to the manufacturer’s current non‐reactive and reactive coating capabilities of a large array of metal and ceramic materials. These coatings can be produced from ¼” to 80” wide which allows VDI to accommodate almost any sputtering application. VDI also produces specialized and toll evaporated aluminum and HRI coatings from 25” to 96” wide with optical properties from .10 OD to 6.0 OD. These coatings include a wide range of uses from window films, barrier coatings, and refractive index coatings.


Madico®, Inc. Invests $30 Million in New World Headquarters and Manufacturing Expansion

Madico®, Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Lintec USA Holdings, Inc. and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technologically advanced laminates and window films, today announced the purchase of a new facility in Pinellas Park, Fla., 10 miles Northwest from its current St. Petersburg location. This facility will serve as the manufacturer’s new world headquarters.


The $30 million capital investment includes a quarter million square-foot manufacturing facility, which is nearly three times larger than Madico’s current St. Petersburg operation, relocating existing equipment from both the St. Petersburg and Woburn, Mass. locations, and purchasing new, state-of-the-art coating and laminating equipment. The additional space and new equipment will provide additional capacity and capabilities, supporting new product development efforts and unlocking new opportunities in four core areas of the Window Film market: architectural, automotive, safety/security and decorative, as well as the five key markets within the Specialty Films area: Aerospace, Transportation, Healthcare, Information Display and Building materials.


“Investing in a new facility with greater capacity supports Madico’s long-term growth plans and expands our capabilities so we can serve more customer segments,” said Madico President Shawn Kitchell. “Lintec is clearly demonstrating its commitment to the Madico business and its confidence in the growth of the markets we serve.”


With more than 20 acres at the new headquarters at 9251 Belcher Road in Pinellas Park, Madico now has the room to expand operations even further in future years. The new location boasts 53,000 square feet of office space, 460 parking spaces for employees and easy access to nearby airports, interstate and rail service.


Madico will move all manufacturing operations – including equipment and resources – from their facilities in St. Petersburg and Woburn, Mass. to the new facility throughout 2018. The move will be managed in a manner that will not impact product manufacturing, service or delivery to Madico’s customer base.


Madico®, Inc. Introduces ClearPlex® Windshield Protection Film

Madico®, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive, solar, and safety and security films, introduces ClearPlex® Windshield Protection Film. ClearPlex Windshield Protection Film is an optically-clear, impact resistant exterior film for automotive windshields that protects against cracks, chips, and scratches; it is ideal for luxury cars, bus fleets, trucks, recreational vehicles, and construction equipment.


“Driving is a huge responsibility, and current roadway conditions bring significant challenges to a driver’s windshield,” said David Jensen, ClearPlex sales development manager. “ClearPlex Windshield Protection Film absorbs the impact of rocks and road debris, leaving windshields in pristine condition, ultimately safeguarding drivers’ investment and safety.”


ClearPlex film allows luxury vehicle owners to protect the integrity of their automobiles’ high-end features by reducing the need for windshield replacement. Fleet owners will also benefit from less vehicle maintenance and downtime.


Manufactured and distributed by Madico, the transparent film helps prevent glass from shattering; keeping the windshield intact in the event of an accident. The film also protects a vehicle’s interior and passengers against 99.9 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays and provides faster run offs of rain and snow.


As windshields increase in price, protection becomes essential. “We estimate that we have saved $620,000 in windscreen replacement over the past year,” said Geoff Bell, Reliability Officer for Metro Trains Melbourne in Australia.


“Once I was introduced to ClearPlex, I knew their product would become essential to the protection of windshields,” said installer Mario Gamurot of CS Specialties. “The increasing costs of windshields, makes ClearPlex’s technology a no-brainer for drivers.”


The ClearPlex Windshield Protection Film is guaranteed not to peel, bubble, crack or yellow while under the warranty period. The base film type is polyester and has a thickness of four millimeters.


ClearPlex Windshield Protection Film is available now from participating Madico dealers.


Madico® Positions Itself for the Future

Madico®, Inc., one of the worlds’ leading manufacturers of coating and laminating solutions and a pioneer in the window film industry, announced today that Shawn R. Kitchell will serve as the company’s new President following the retirement of longtime CEO Robert Connelly. The company also announces intended changes in future operations related to its two US based coating and laminating facilities located in Woburn, Mass. and Saint Petersburg, Fla.


“I am honored to be part of the Madico story and assume responsibility for leading this outstanding organization as we create our exciting future chapters.” said Kitchell. Previously serving as the company’s COO and SVP of Operations, Kitchell brings significant experience in the converting industry to the leadership of Madico. He will report to parent company Lintec.


As a result of changes in the solar power industry and the exodus of PV module production to China, Madico, who has been making premium quality PV components at the Woburn, MA facility for more than 28 years, will cease manufacturing of these products in mid‐2017. With this shift, Kitchell will evolve the Massachusetts operation and lead the formation of a new business innovation center where shared services, R&D, engineering, and laboratory testing facilities will be well aligned to develop new products and technologies to support existing segments and pursue new market opportunities well into the future.


Madico will continue to drive manufacturing excellence and growth at the Saint Petersburg, Fla. site through investment in new facilities, equipment, technologies, and the transfer of unique and critical manufacturing assets from its Woburn, Mass. facility. Madico is committed to continually improving and this significant investment in manufacturing capabilities and added human resources will position the company well for ongoing growth in both the window film and specialty film segments.


ClearPlex® Joins Madico®, Inc.

Madico®, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automotive, solar, safety and security films, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire select assets of ClearPlex Corporation, an established supplier of protection films based in Draper, Utah.


ClearPlex markets and distributes optically-clear, patent pending glass protection films and related products for use in the transportation and electronic markets throughout the world. ClearPlex provides an economically sound solution to the problems of glass damage, replacement, integrity and safety.


“Although Madico has been the production partner for ClearPlex for the past 10 years, we are very pleased to welcome ClearPlex employees and customers to directly work with Madico. ClearPlex has done excellent work in developing the application of clear film to protect windshields and other windows on automobiles, trucks, and construction equipment.” said Jeffrey Plummer, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Madico. “They have also created a premium brand and established themselves as leaders in this segment.”


The agreement combines the strengths of Madico and ClearPlex, by leveraging Madico’s global network and resources with ClearPlex’s product and application expertise. According to Plummer, “We see this as a perfect and natural fit and are very pleased that our close business relationship has brought us to this point”.


Madico® Announces New Testing and Certifications for its Trusted Graffiti Free® Films

Madico®, Inc. today announces the completion of a series of independent testing making its Graffiti Free® films the most highly certified on the market today. Graffiti Free films act as a sacrificial barrier to help control vandalism and provide a cost-effective alternative to replacing damaged glazing.


Madico has been selling its trusted Graffiti Free films for more than a decade and now has the extensive test data and certifications available to support the positive claims. The films are now fully certified for EN45545, Fire Test Railway Components which includes fire protection on railway vehicle, smoke toxicity, and heat release; several ANSI Z26.1 standards including luminous transmittance, humidity, impact, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and flammability; British Standards for fire propagation, smoke density and toxicity; and ASTM Aging and Weathering and Surface Burning Characteristics certifications.


Madico’s value conscious Graffiti Free AG 600, anti-graffiti product, has also been certified for the latest EN45545 standards. This newer Madico film gives users more choices when comparing the price and performance of two Madico products based upon the particular application.


Graffiti Free and AG 600 films both address the need of protecting investment in capital equipment for rolling stock, rail and subway cars, buses, and watercraft transit modes as well as fixed passenger waiting bus shelters and other stationary structures that are often subject to vandalism. Original equipment manufacturers, window manufacturers, and local transit authorities can use the film to inexpensively provide invisible, vandalism protection to their investments.


All Madico Graffiti Free films are available in roll and cut-to-order formats. Optically clear and distortion free, Madico films protect the significant investment of both glass and plastic.


Report: Window Film Most Cost-Effective Energy Saving Measure for Florida Residents

A new report offers good news for Florida residents burdened with the ever increasing cost of electricity: Professionally installed window film is the most cost effective way to lower your energy bills. It’s more cost effective than other measures, like improving home insulation, air sealing or installing new air conditioning or heat pumps, according to a report commissioned by the nonprofit International Window Film Association.


Many homeowners and businesses throughout the State are already experiencing the energy saving benefits of Madico® Window Films, the only one of the four major window film companies with a manufacturing facility based in Florida. Examples include two “net-zero” energy-saving properties in Tampa Bay. Madico’s window films, sold under the Madico and Sun-Gard® brands, can block up to 86 percent of the sun’s heat, which can dramatically lower air conditioning costs.


“The report just received from the IWFA confirms that there isn’t a better long-term energy saving investment than window film,” said Jeffrey Plummer, senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Distribution for Madico. “Madico’s window film division, which is proudly headquartered in St. Petersburg, has a unique awareness of the challenges Florida residents face in controlling their energy costs year-round. Our factory has been here for 4 decades and employs over 100 Floridians. We urge Florida residents who are interested in learning more about the benefits of window film to contact their local Madico dealer.”


The IWFA report was conducted by energy consulting firm ConSol, a trusted name for over 30 years It compared the energy efficiency of installing internal and external window films for existing homes in several regions of Florida with measures such as adding insulation to the attic, replacing air conditioning equipment with a more efficient unit, and air sealing. Window film was found to be at twice as cost effective as any of the other measures. The full report can be downloaded by visiting


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