Madico, Inc. Introduces Protekt® Paint Protection Film

Madico Inc. introduced Protekt. It’s an advanced paint protection film that safeguards vehicles against scratches, chemicals, stones, bugs, sand, salt, and discoloration.

The film guards against stones, gravel, sand, scratches, winter salt, and other flying objects while providing clarity, according to the company. Madico’s transparent paint protection film keeps vehicles looking factory-new longer.

It cuts easily by plotter or by hand, and offers a simple installation, the company says. Optically clear, Protekt PPF’s top coat eliminates fine lines over time and is backed by a 7 year warranty.

“Protekt PPF is by far the best PPF offering that we have ever had. The initial feedback has been extremely positive, and demand has been great, largely due to its quality, ease of installation, versatility and competitive price,” Jeffrey Plummer, Madico senior vice president of sales and marketing, said.

The film protects the paint finish on more than just cars and trucks. It provides protection to RVs, ATVs, jet skis, boats, motorcycles, tractors and commercial vehicles as well. Protekt can be installed on the hood, front and rear bumpers, grill, side mirrors, roof, quarter panels, door edges, truck beds, door frames, utility racks and more.

XPEL Acquires Taiwan-Based Distributor Apogee Corporation

XPEL, Inc. announced it established its first local office in Asia with the acquisition of Apogee Corporation, XPEL’s Taiwan-based distributor of automotive paint protection and window film. As a result, the company will begin directly selling to customers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

XPEL also appointed Christine Pu, Apogee CEO, as Managing Director, Asia. She will now have leadership responsibility for the company’s operations in the region.

“We’re excited to welcome Christine and the entire Apogee team to XPEL. We’ve seen that our get close to the customer strategy works effectively to help amplify our brand and propel growth through our other global operations and we expect the same in Asia,” Ryan Pape, XPEL CEO and president, said.

All PPF—All in One Place

Tara Taffera wrote this article:

If paint protection film is even one of the markets you serve, there will be plenty of learning opportunities available to you during the International Window Film Conference and Tint Off™ to be held September 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas (Everything you need to know regarding the event may be found at www.windowfilmmag.com/wfct).

“Putting a bunch of installers together allows for sharing ideas and techniques so that as an industry we grow not just as professionals in a growing market, but we take that constant step towards improving the industry as a whole one installer at a time with each install at a time,” says Jamie Werner, of PremiumShield. “There is always something new to learn and this is where to do it.”

Products and Demos on the Floor

Walk the show and you will find a variety of exhibitors showing off their PPF products. And if you want to see demonstrations of actual wraps and PPF installations those will be happening all three days as well. In fact, Jeremiah Bienko, 813-TINTING, will be offering demos again this year.

And of course there is the competition, now in its fifth year, which will allow attendees to see installers vie for the title of the World’s Best Paint Protection Film Installer.

“I have seen, in the last several years, that the quality of the installs at the competition have gotten dramatically better each year as we continue to improve standards in the rules for the competition,” says Werner. “This proves that installers are willing to step up and adapt as the industry continues to improve.”

Educate Yourself in PPF Seminars

There will be a variety of seminars available related to all aspects of window film that those offering PPF can learn from. And there is a dynamic session geared specifically to dealers from Chris DiMinico, president, Protective Solutions/AutoNuvo in Holliston, Mass. He is the perfect person to give such a session as he appeared on PPFMag’s list of top dealers earlier this year. His shop was number one in terms of 2017 annual revenue.

If you are considering adding PPF to your product line, this session will help you understand what it takes to do so successfully. And, if you are already in the business, you will learn how to grow it more effectively and quickly.

Another particularly pertinent seminar is one to be given by Richard Puthoff, owner of Eclipse Window Film in Cincinnati, Ohio, and another WINDOW FILM magazine top retailer. The seminar, “Grabbing the Higher End,” will discuss how to get higher end work—and keep it coming back. Puthoff has made a career out of “going high” and cultivating high-end customers and jobs. Come find out how he did it and how you can too.

Yes attending WFCT does mean time away from the office but many agree it’s time more than well-spent.

“There is always a cost of doing business,” says Werner. “Attending this show, even if it’s for a day, is reinvesting back into your business. The ROI on attending can be limitless if you come prepared.”

Tara Taffera is the editorial director for PPF magazine.

New Addition to 3M™

The 3M Paint Protection Film team introduced Regan Brunner as its newest pattern designer. Brunner was formerly one of Xpel’s lead DAP product design managers.

“Making this addition to our global team at a time when the newest version of Pro Series has surpassed expectations and our digital marketing footprint is rapidly expanding, truly shows 3M’s commitment to the paint protection film industry,” said Jon Hanbury, 3M PPF global business development manager.

According to the announcement, Brunner is extremely excited about joining the 3M team. “I have become highly proficient in determining how the properties of paint protection film dictate designing patterns to better fit the contours of a vehicle. I’m eager to work with the latest Scotchgard Pro Series film to further develop the 3M pattern design philosophy with the already experienced 3M global team,” he said.

XPEL Acquires Dallas-Based Film Dealer

XPEL has announced its acquisition of Stratashield LLC of Dallas, Texas, a provider of installation services for window and automotive paint protection film (PPF).

“We’re excited to welcome Houston Orona [editor’s note: Orano is the owner of Stratashield] and the Stratashield team to the XPEL family. Houston has a great business and enjoys a strong reputation in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for providing outstanding service,” said Ryan Pape, president and CEO of XPEL. “This acquisition gives us a local presence in this growing market and is indicative of our continuing execution of our ‘Get Close to the Customer’ strategy. We look forward to combining our existing … automotive paint protection products with the customer-centric focus that Stratashield is known for, to deliver better value for both new and existing customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

Pape continued, “Houston will be a great addition to the team, not only as we integrate his business, but as our Manager of the Dallas-Fort Worth market, where he will be incentivized to grow, develop and support our entire network of customers in that area. Texas has long been very important to us, and this acquisition helps to round out our presence in our home state.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.