Alistair Carlton joins National Windscreens

National Windscreens has appointed Alistair Carlton as technical manager in a move that will further strengthen the company’s proactive role in meeting the needs of new technologies.

With more than 23 years’ experience within the auto glazing sector, Alistair’s appointment forms part of the company’s long term investment strategy to secure technological advantage as the automotive glazing sector moves through a period of rapid change.

Alistair said, ‘Over the next few years the automotive glazing sector will undoubtedly face unprecedented change, at a pace not seen in the last 20 years. A main driving force behind this change is the increasing speed of technological advances in vehicles and, in particular, the need for calibration services to be carried out in workshop conditions to ensure advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) continue to work as intended.

‘More than 10% of vehicles are already fitted with ADAS and this is set to grow to 40% of all vehicles on UK roads by 2020. Most of these systems work through cameras mounted on the windscreens so, if a replacement is needed, it is essential that the calibration work is carried out at the same time.’

He continued, ‘According to manufacturers, ADAS camera calibration is best done in workshop conditions. National Windscreens is already a world leader in the provision of such calibration services but there is no room for complacency as we seek to build on this achievement.’

Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens, commented, ‘Alistair will take responsibility for maintaining our technical leadership in all aspects of automotive glazing. Alongside his work with vehicle manufacturers, Alistair will be working with companies such as Dow Chemicals and Hella Gutmann to maintain our competitive advantage through innovation and technical excellence. Alistair will also drive the technician development and training programmes that are a key part of delivering outstanding service in all aspects of our operations.’