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Creative Stencil Etches Deal with FLEXcon to Reduce Auto Theft


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SPENCER, MA--May 22, 2013: FLEXcon, an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced it has been selected by Creative Stencil/CSI Alert/SPY-Dot as the continued supplier for their Body Marking Labels, which help reduce the risk of stolen vehicles. The companies work together to reduce the threat of auto theft for car owners by using permanent labels with etchings that are placed on automobile parts to deter thieves from stealing a vehicle. FLEXcon also provides Creative Stencil with materials that are used for window warning stickers that are applied to the rear side windows to warn potential thieves that parts within the vehicle are marked and are traceable by law enforcement. Automobile thieves are most interested in car parts and Creative Stencil permanently marks both glass and metal to ensure that every part can be traced by authorities.

“With Creative Stencil's unique approach and FLEXcon's expertise, we're able to create comprehensive labeling solutions with adhesive chemistries to provide a truly unique anti-theft system.”

"Our goal has always been to protect consumers' vehicles and reduce the risk of theft," said Don Liberacki, president, Creative Stencil Inc. "Because car thieves (and chop shops) often steal vehicles for the parts, by working with FLEXcon we are able to create a product that delivers an extra layer of protection through permanent labels with etchings and by alerting would be thieves that the parts in a specific vehicle are permanently marked."

FLEXcon provides a custom THERMLfilm Silver Polyester for Creative Stencil to print body marking labels. The material can withstand various conditions, including UV exposure, temperature extremes and chemical/solvent contact. When the THERMLfilm product is laser etched by Creative Stencil the label is permanently adhered to a specific metal part of the car and leaves a traceable "footprint" behind upon removal. THERMLfilm Silver Polyester uses an adhesive system that allows the etching on the part to remain visible via black light, if the label is removed. The body marking labels have unique PIN and telephone numbers permanently etched or engraved by laser to help law enforcement identify stolen parts of a vehicle. These identity label systems are frequently offered to prospective consumers as they go through the process of buying a new car through new car dealers.

"We are always excited to work with customers that are creating products to help consumers protect against theft, counterfeiting and diversion," said John Bennett, vice president, Product Identification, FLEXcon. "With Creative Stencil's unique approach and FLEXcon's expertise, we're able to create comprehensive labeling solutions with adhesive chemistries to provide a truly unique anti-theft system."