Before the New Year begins, let’s review the top five stories that created the most traffic on glassBYTEs.com™ throughout 2018.
This year’s most read story involved A Nova Scotia man who was working to raise awareness about windshield replacements in cars with advanced driver-assistance systems. He thinks replacements may require camera recalibrations after he claimed the shop that replaced his windshield did not do enough to make the safety hazards of clear.
In March, two of the nation’s top auto glass companies, the Bowrail Group, (parent of J.N. Phillips and StrategicClaim) and Techna Glass Inc. came together under a new holding company called TruRoad Holdings Inc. The move changed the landscape of the auto glass installation market and formed the nation’s second largest auto glass and claims management company.
There were several discussions about NAGS at this year’s Auto Glass Week, in San Antonio. While there, NAGS announced its plan to modernize its approach to pricing by eliminating the NAGS price index. The new program is set to launch at Auto Glass Week 2019.
In mid-September, four Mexican inventors changed the direction of automotive windshield breaks. The team, with Ford global technologies in Michigan, worked on a way to create a defined break for laminated windshields that directs a break outward. Originally they filed for a patent in July 2016, and were granted a patent for their design in June of 2018.
In the first week of June Columbus, Ohio based Safelite® Group reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Richardson Auto Glass. The transaction was completed on June 4.