Contra Vision Ltd’s one-way vision and see-through graphics are seen worldwide on the windows of buses, taxis, trains, shops, offices, apartment blocks and other buildings, providing advertisements, signs, privacy glazing, solar protection, décor and many other functions.
The company owns a portfolio of 27 inventions patented or patent-pending, in up to 24 countries, licensees ranging from multi-nationals 3M and Avery Dennison to small printers. In recent years, Contra Vision® has developed and sold their own range of see-through graphic products.
Contra Vision® started this industry sector in 1985 with Chairman Roland Hill’s so-called “dominant patent” in this field and has continued to innovate with an average of one patented invention in each subsequent year. Based in Stockport, its US subsidiary company is in Atlanta, Georgia. The decision to move from just an Intellectual Property company licensing patents, trademarks and secret know-how into sales of its own products, resulted in a substantial increase in turnover, over 80% in exports.
Contra Vision® is being incorporated into higher value applications, for example laminated glass louvres surrounding the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, and new windows in the original 1879 National Museum in Washington, DC, now part of the Smithsonian Museum complex. Contra Vision® also provides the largest graphic display in the Times Square area of New York, on the Barclays Capital building.
A range of “transparent wallpaper” offers a design option with the benefits of Contra Vision® products.
In 2015 Contra Vision® launched a new glass product, aimed specifically at the architectural and interior design markets, Contra Vision® Laminated Glass™ which has been used on the new Foster and Partners designed UN Plaza apartment building in New York.
Having received a BBC TV Tomorrow’s World Prince of Wales Award for Innovation and Production in 1990, in 2014 Contra Vision® received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, having converted these ideas and Intellectual Property into international sales.