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.
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.
Sika Ireland completed the annual training for Mr Windscreen in both Dublin and Portlaoise yesterday – part of our efforts to ensure our staff are always abreast of latest developments.
Sika supplies the polyurethane that is used to hold the windscreen and the structural integrity of the car together. The company has over 200 factories in over 100 countries worldwide.
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 recently partook in the Fleet Car Safety Seminar in Leopardstown in Dublin.
The half-day conference was hosted by Fleet Car magazine and chaired by Moyagh Murdock of the Road Safety Authority. Specifying safety items in company cars and Duty of Care for fleet operators were at the top of the agenda.
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.
Our newly opened training centre in Portlaoise will ensure Mr Windscreen staff are at the cutting edge of technological and other developments in the industry, through both theoretical and practical training delivered by our own and external experts.
Many windscreen replacement providers are cutting back their networks of depots and instead offering a call-out service using mobile units. This is welcomed by customers, who appreciate the convenience of not having to go out of their way to get their windscreen replaced. Indeed, Mr Windscreen provides this mobile service across the country.