Step inside the Mr Windscreen centre in Waterford city and you’re in for an unusual sight. Or two. Firstly, there’s the impressive array of diagnostic and calibration equipment. Then there’s the person working alongside them – 29-year-old Michelle O’Keefe, possibly the country’s only female ADAS calibration specialist.
Not the start to the day you need – you run out of the house in the usual rush only to discover your windscreen is all fogged up. If you’re lucky enough to have a heated windscreen you’re in business, if not, you’ve a bit of a chore in store.
Pictured above (l to r) are Gerry Fitzgibbon and Mike Price of ADAS.ie presenting the award for HCV/LCV Aftersales Main Dealer Of The Year to Philip Breen and Eoin Gallagher of DAF Distributors Ireland.
ADAS.ie, an arm of Mr Windscreen, is a sponsor at this year’s Irish Auto Trade Awards, taking place in Killashee Hotel in Kildare on 17 October. Now in their 5th year, the annual awards are a unique celebration of excellence in the automotive industry in Ireland.
Mr Windscreen is a long-standing member of Automotive Glass Europe (AGE), an ever-expanding network of glass repair and replacement specialists now covering over 20 countries in Europe and beyond. In the month where Marco Antonio Moreno takes over the reins as Managing Director of AGE, we take a look at what it all means for our customers …
With several decades of experience specialising in windscreen replacement and repair, at Mr Windscreen we’ve come across pretty much every form of windscreen you can imagine – from vintage and classic cars to the latest in ADAS-enabled screens to heavy good vehicles, buses and vans.
ADAS.ie, an arm of Mr Windscreen which is at the vanguard of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in Ireland, has launched its new website. The site details the company’s three product lines – calibration, dash cams and collision avoidance systems.
We are delighted to be exhibiting alongside our sister company ADAS.ie at the Brokers Ireland Meet the Market Day 2019 in the Simmonscourt RDS on Thursday, 6 June 2019 from 10am till 3pm.
This annual event provides networking opportunities to meet specialist suppliers and key market representatives operating in the Irish marketplace and to gain a better understanding and increase knowledge of new and specialist products.
Mr Windscreen’s Sean Kirwan (4th from left!) recently visited the Fuyao Glass Industry Group in Fujian, China.
It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends in automotive glass, including safety, control, low carbon environment & comfort, for future vehicles.
Mr Windscreen has long been part of the ever-growing Automotive Glass Europe® network, enabling its customers in Ireland to avail of windscreen services seamlessly in 20 European countries. The network has now gone global, recently creating a partnership with colleagues in Canada and South Africa.
The network is an alliance of leading providers of automotive glass repair and replacement services. The group was founded over a decade ago and is operating in 1,500 locations across 20 different European countries. The recent global expansion is AGE’s proactive response to the growing demand of insurance and leasing companies and fleet managers.
Pim de Ridder, managing director of Automotive Glass Europe® commented on the new partnerships:
“The key reason for creating our alliance over a decade ago was to provide our Partners from different European countries with an international dimension whenever necessary. 11 years on, we have seen that this initiative is appreciated by their customers. However, the ongoing, wider globalization tells us that European cooperation is no longer sufficient; our customers now require much more than just that. We have found that the colleagues of both North America’s Clairus Group and Southern Africa’s Autoboys have the same vision on our industry”.
Although Uniban and Autoboys will not share jobs with other countries, like AGE’s European Partners do, the partnerships have been formed to help share best practice between different continents and to be able to provide support to insurance, leasing and fleet companies who are operating across multiple continents.
Gerry Fitzgibbon, MD of Mr Windscreen commented: “For Mr Windscreen, the AGE network is about more than extending our footprint across Europe and now globally. It is about sharing market and technical knowledge and ensuring we are constantly future-proofing our business in the face of many worldwide technological developments.“