Officials at Automotive Glass Europe, the partnership of automotive glass replacement and repair companies covering 18 European countries, says it has completed the largest ever number of repairs and replacements in 2017 with growth stimulated by increasing numbers of people traveling throughout Europe.
“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,” said Joana Marques, managing director of Grupo ExpressGlass, the Automotive Glass Europe partner in Portugal. The country saw a year-over-year 25-percent increase in travel.
Marques, who is also a board member at Automotive Glass Europe, added that partners from many countries have reported a record year, helped by a strong U.S. dollar leading to a reported 6-percent increase in visitors to Europe from the U.S.
“Many Americans love to visit several countries when they are in Europe and, to enable this, they often hire cars so they can travel around,” said Marques. “These visitors are part of an incredible growth in demand for repairs and replacements across our network.”
Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens, the company’s UK partner, also reported a substantial increase in cross-border demand for vehicle glass replacement.
“The number of UK registered vehicles requesting glass replacement services whilst traveling throughout other European countries has been steadily growing. That is why we are so pleased to be part of this European-wide network …,” said Marsden.