Millions of commercial trucks may now utilize select UV window films on side windows for added protection from harmful UVA rays, which have been associated with increased risk of skin cancer. The recent change follows numerous reports of higher-than-average rates of skin cancer on the left side of the face and arm, according to a 2011 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, noting driver-side UVA exposure as a likely contributor to the disease.
Through proprietary technology, LLumar AIR80 window film provides enhanced protection against harmful ultraviolet rays, while also keeping vehicles significantly cooler. Testing has demonstrated that installing LLumar AIR80 film can keep a vehicle's interior surfaces as much as 29 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) cooler when compared to an unprotected vehicle. This temperature reduction increases cabin comfort and reduces the load on air conditioning systems. The non-conductive ceramic coating technology ensures there is no interference with electronic signals from radios, GPS devices, cellular telephones or electronic toll sensors.
"Exceptional added protection from UV rays is one of the prime benefits of the full range of LLumar UV window film products. While other films employ dark-colored tinting to achieve similar levels of heat rejection, LLumar AIR80 window film is light enough to meet the DOT's safety regulations for most commercial trucks as well as many window visibility laws worldwide," said Mark Gershenson, global automotive segment director for Solutia's Performance Films division.
LLumar window films, the world's leading automotive window film brand, are professionally installed at more than 1,000 LLumar and FormulaOne® dealers throughout the United States. They are manufactured in the United States and are backed with a manufacturer's warranty against bubbling, peeling or crackling.
Solutia is a manufacturer member of The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the industry by providing unbiased research, influencing policy and promoting awareness of window film.
Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company. The company focuses on providing solutions for a better life through a range of products, including: Saflex® polyvinyl butyral interlayers for glass lamination and for photovoltaic module encapsulation and VISTASOLAR® ethylene vinyl acetate films for photovoltaic module encapsulation; LLumar®, Vista™, EnerLogic®, FormulaOne®, Gila®, V-KOOL®, Huper Optik®, IQue™, Sun-X™ and Nanolux™ aftermarket performance films for automotive and architectural applications; XIR® and Heat Mirror® performance films that are incorporated into aftermarket window films, laminated glass products and suspended insulated glass units for use in automotive and architectural applications. Flexvue™ advanced film component solutions for solar and electronic technologies; and technical specialties products including Crystex® insoluble sulfur, Santoflex® PPD antidegradants, Therminol® heat transfer fluids and Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids. Solutia's businesses are world leaders in each of their market segments. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the company operates globally with approximately 3,400 employees in more than 50 worldwide locations. More information is available at www.Solutia.com.