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 …
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.“
Mr Windscreen has taken a leading role in a new European-wide initiative to create ever higher standards for calibration of windscreen-mounted cameras used in ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
November 2017 saw the official launch of the first dedicated ADAS.ie calibration centre at Mr. Windscreen Waterford. Alan Nolan, Chief Executive of the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) was on hand to cut the ribbon at the facility, in front of an audience of representatives from the insurance and motor industries, as well as the Garda Siochana.