On the opening day of Auto Glass Week™ 2018, Henri Tam, president at Xinyi Auto Glass North America, said news of the tariffs affecting auto glass was a huge topic of conversation among attendees.
“We will have to pass these through to the customer…,” said Tam. “Everyone is talking about the tariffs.”
“Unfortunately, this is beyond our control,” Tam added. “We submitted our comments to the government regarding the unintended consequences of the tariffs and we did our part to voice our concerns.”
Tam said it is unfortunate that this means customers will be paying more to replace their windshields and that it may have severe consequences for safety.
“The unintended consequence is that this may cause a dip in demand as people may put off replacing their windshields and this could compromise safety,” said Tam. “We told the government this.”
Auto Glass Week runs through Saturday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com™ for the latest from the event.