Automotive Glass Europe (AGE) continues to expand its European coverage with the opening of the latest state-of-the-art automotive glass repair, replacement and calibration centre in Ireland.
Representatives from the country’s fleet, vehicle leasing and insurance companies saw first-hand how the new Mr.Windscreen centre at Waterford, the AGE partner in Ireland, is using the latest technology to ensure the best possible one-stop service for customers.
During the event, guests watched skilled trainers and technicians perform the replacement of a vehicle windscreen and the calibration of an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).
They were joined by Pim de Ridder, managing director of AGE, who told guests that such centres are ensuring the best possible European coverage at a time of rapid growth of ADAS across all 18 countries that are covered by the 1,500 fitting centres within the AGE network.
“Centres such as the new Mr.Windscreen one in Waterford are ensuring our fleet, vehicle leasing and insurance customers have access to the widest and most skilled network when it comes to glass repair, replacement and ADAS calibration throughout Europe,” he said.
“The rapid growth in ADAS technology within vehicles means we have to be ahead of the game, proactive in our approach to ensuring easy accessibility no matter where a vehicle driver is in Europe. The AGE network is investing heavily in the continued development of such one-stop centres, ensuring we are leaders in the field.”
Mr.Windscreen is the AGE partner in Ireland with 25 glass replacement and calibration centres throughout the country.
Mr De Ridder said the AGE European network maintained high standards, working to Thatcham’s code of practice on ADAS calibration, which meant continued investment in technician training and technology to keep pace with the continued rapid development of ADAS.
“ADAS will become more and more sophisticated as technology evolves. We are ensuring that we not only keep pace with these developments, but look ahead and proactively work with the industry to ensure our network is always able to calibrate the technology as it evolves and as it is fitted to more mainstream vehicles.”
The AGE network, employing 7.000 specialist glass professionals and operating from 1.500 fitting centres, has completed its largest ever number of repairs and replacements in 2017 with growth stimulated by increasing numbers of people travelling throughout Europe.