AGE breaks records

Automotive Glass Europe (AGE) has completed its largest ever number of repairs and replacements in 2017 with growth stimulated by increasing numbers of people travelling throughout Europe.

One of the countries experiencing the largest growth, according to the European Travel Commission’s latest report, is Portugal, where visitor numbers have risen by 25% when compared to 2016.

Joana Marques, managing director of Grupo ExpressGlass, the Automotive Glass Europe partner in Portugal, said, ‘This year has been the busiest on record and we have been serving more drivers than ever from countries all over Europe. The UK in particular has accounted for many of these with a significant increase in demand for replacement of windscreens on left-hand drive vehicles.’

Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens, the UK partner of Automotive Glass Europe, also reported a substantial increase in cross-border demand for vehicle glass replacement.

‘The number of UK registered vehicles requesting glass replacement services whilst travelling throughout other European countries has been steadily growing. That is why we are so pleased to be part of this European-wide network, allowing us to provide unrivalled and seamless service to our insurance, leasing and fleet customers,’ explained Pete.

Pim de Ridder, Automotive Glass Europe® managing director, said, ‘I am delighted that we have been able to service so many customers this year which really shows the value of us being an ambassador for so many fleets and insurers in 18 European countries.’

The network employs 7,000 specialist glass professionals and operates from 1,500 fitting centres.