National Windscreens expands ADAS education

National Windscreens has joined forces with two influential industry bodies – the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Thatcham Research.

The independently owned repair and replacement automotive glazing company has become an associate member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) while technical manager, Alistair Carlton, has been asked to join the Thatcham Research ADAS Working Party.

Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens, said, ‘The automotive industry is changing at a rapid pace. One of the greatest changes being seen is the increased use of ADAS, which will eventually see autonomous cars becoming mainstream.’

‘I am delighted that we are now members of SMMT, which acts as the voice of the country’s automotive industry and helps to guide strategies affecting the sector.’

Mike Hawes, chief executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said, ‘I’m delighted to welcome National Windscreens to become part of one of the UK’s most influential trade bodies and add to SMMT’s diversity and strength.

‘The automotive industry is undergoing arguably the most significant change in its history, in terms of technology and the environment in which we manufacture and trade. Working together, we can share expertise and ensure our voice is heard to the benefit of businesses, their employees, consumers and the economy.’

Peter added, ‘Our technical manager Alistair Carlton has more than 24 years’ experience within the auto glazing sector and forms part of the company’s long-term commitment to maintain technological advantage as the automotive glazing sector moves through this period of rapid change.

‘The fact Alistair now sits on the Thatcham Research ADAS Working Party means he will be part of the group’s key role in ensuring the Code of Practice remains fit for purpose as the number of calibrations grow and, with them, raise new issues.’

Thomas Hudd, repair technology centre operations manager, Thatcham Research, said, ‘We welcome Alistair and the essential insights he and the National Windscreens team will bring to the ADAS working party group.’