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Autoglass

This article is about a company based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. For vehicle windshield, see Auto Glass.

Autoglass
Type Private
Industry Automotive repair
Founded 1972
Headquarters 1 Priory Business Park, Bedford, MK44 3US
Area served UK
Key people Matthew Mycock, Managing Director
Services Windscreen repair and replacement
Owner(s) Belron
Employees 2600 including 1300 repair technicians
Parent Belron (owned by D'Ieteren of Belgium)
Subsidiaries Autoglass Specials
Website www.autoglass.co.uk

Autoglass is a vehicle glass windscreen repair and replacement company based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. It is a subsidiary of the South African company Belron, which is in turn owned by the Belgian D'Ieteren group. Belron operates similar companies in other countries, including Carglass in most of Europe, Safelite in the United States, Duro in Canada, O'Brien in Australia, and Smith & Smith in New Zealand.

History

In 1972 the Doulton Group launched Autoglass, a business operating across northern England offering mobile vehicle glass repairs. In 1982 Solaglas International bought Autoglass and Windshields, a similar business formed in Bedford in 1969 operating across southern England, to create Autoglass Windshields. In 1984 the company became known simply as Autoglass. At that time the company only replaced vehicle glass, but in 1990 when Belron, the parent company formerly known as Solaglas, bought Glass Medic, repairs could also be made to chipped windscreens. In 2002 Carglass in Ireland became Autoglass. The company has 109 branches in the UK and 1200 mobile technicians.

Function

Autoglass offers a vehicle glass repair and replacement service. Windscreens are usually damaged by loose chippings being thrown up from the road; over time this can turn into a crack. Body glass is usually damaged as a result of theft or vandalism.

Autoglass has stated it makes repairs to around 1.5 million customers a year.

Structure

The company is part of the Belron Group, a large international vehicle glass repair and replacement company. Belron is part of Belgian company D'Ieteren, which ownes a group of companies which serve motorists. The UK office of Autoglass is based at Priory Business Park in Bedford.

Subsidiaries

A specialist division of the company, Autoglass Specials, repairs the windows of larger vehicles such as trucks, trains and coaches.

See also

  • Auto Windscreens

External links

  • Official website

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