How many film companies are there?
May 25 2012 - 01:58 AM
May 25 2012 - 04:35 AM
May 25 2012 - 04:45 AM
May 25 2012 - 05:56 AM
- There might be one more laminating factory in US and Brazil this year.
- There are more than 20 laminating factories in China, including Solargard Qingdao and possibility another US brand.
- In Korea alone, we have a few more new players with their downstream trading companies.
- Even Walmart sells Taiwanese films.
Tintrrr asked a good question, sometimes I wonder how much glass are there in the world?
May 25 2012 - 06:01 AM
In the end, your own manny killed you first. hahaa
May 25 2012 - 06:24 AM
In the end, we are not competing healthy but fighting among ourselves. Fighting among ourselves have translated into belittlement of our self-worth. Pilots from different airlines wouldn't throw as much insults to one another, as compared to our trade. Will UA Pilots go around telling people that Delta's pilots are lousy? This is self-defeating. Who benefits from all these? Don't you think that we are more screwed up and less respected compared to a decade ago?
Edited by Counterpart, May 25 2012 - 03:20 PM.
May 25 2012 - 11:15 AM
May 25 2012 - 03:20 PM
Mexico has only a laminator who don't really sell dirty cheap tints. If you think that they import from Taiwan or low-end Korea makers and ship them into US, I really doubt so, because it is not worth the trouble getting tax refunds in Mexico for small quantity of re-exported tints. Therefore, the challenge that you are facing are not unique because you are near the borders.
US is a big important market. For mid-range products, factories fetch better prices selling in the domestic market than exports. The price discrepancy lies primarily in warranty coverage which could price a film 2-3x higher because of the obsession with factory-backed warranty. You are already in this rat race but offering two choices to your customers (factory-backed warranty & cheaper quality tints without factory installation warranty) will ensure that your chances of securing a customer is maximized.
imho, quality depends on who you buy from. For example, I figured that the highest quality/performance window films market is only 50% dominated by US mannies. The other half goes to niche Japanese and Korea makers. Garware is also trying to increase market share in this sector. As for demand, more than 2/3 of the world's most-expensive tints are actually sold outside US. Solargard sold most of their LX in China. I am not sure if Southwall or VDI also realized in the past that their semi-products ended up in some mega Asian distributors.
Edited by Counterpart, May 25 2012 - 03:21 PM.
May 25 2012 - 03:46 PM
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