Transhield Inc. says it has developed a shrink film that can be used to protect vehicles during shipment or storage but does not cause damage to paint and other surface finishes. The film comprises three layers: an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer film, a clear, ``fiberized'' hot-melt adhesive, and a nonwoven polyester inner layer that forms a cushion against the surface being protected. The film remains flexible after shrinking and can be reused. The company, based in Elkhart, Ind., introduced its ``shrink/stretch'' film March 1 and showed the product at the Automotive & Transportation Interiors show, held May 16-18 in Detroit. When used as a vehicle cover, the film can be fitted with zippers to allow entry to the vehicle without removing the entire wrap. Greg Todt, who developed the product for Transhield, said the company was obtaining the film from an outside supplier. However, he said Transhield had plans to set up its own film manufacturing operation and will expand applications outside the automotive industry. Todt projects 1996 demand for the product of 50 million square yards.
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