GM Executive Predicts Automotive Trends to Hit Glass Industry
Ableson, president of Ableson Consulting LLC and former executive
director of the North American Specialty Vehicle Activity for General
Motors, told approximately 60 auto glass industry professionals
in Tucson Tuesday morning that he expects the trends from the automotive
industry to soon pour into the auto glass industry. He took attendees
of the NAG National Auto Glass Conference through a variety of recent
of headlines that have appeared in the news, such as ones dealing
with changing global economics, various economic factors throughout
the world and the fuel issues the world has been experiencing.
"These headlines are precursors of evolutionary changes that will
be happening to our industry," Ableson said.
He also noted that with the economy in its current state, what
customers are looking for is changing too.
"To succeed as a business today, you must have the highest quality
and the lowest price," Ableson said, adding that this is compelling
many manufacturers to outsource parts (CLICK
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He also mentioned the possible sale of PPG's auto glass business
to Platinum Equity and the litigation that has followed, along with
the sale of Ford's Tulsa glass plant (CLICK
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"Time will tell the final chapter for these two glass companies,"
Finally, for future trends, Ableson noted the explosion of panoramic
sunroofs (noting he saw several in the parking lot of the JW Marriott
Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, where this week's conference is being
held), along with an increase in heads-up displays. He also mentioned
a December 23 New York Times headline about Porsche possibly taking
over Volkswagen in the near future.
In ending, Ableson said said, "The glass industry must embrace
the principles of the OEMs, including global consolidation …"
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