Belron Joins ANSI; Applies to Become ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer
February 10, 2010

Belron Technical, a division of Belron, has joined the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has applied to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer, according to information from the latest ANSI newsletter.

In addition, the company hopes to "develop and maintain standards for the automotive glass industry," according to ANSI.

Belron Technical is a division of the Belgium-based company that focuses on a number of research and development areas, such as the company's new EZI-Wire® cut-out tool and its Glass Medic repair system, according to the company website.

The ANSI newsletter lists Peg McKim, who previously was with the National Glass Association (NGA), as Belron Technical's standards consultant.

ANSI is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the standards-making process in various industries. Both the industry's replacement and repair standards, the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS) and the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS), both were developed using ANSI guidelines and are continually updated using the ANSI process.

McKim told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine the company hasn't yet pinpointed what type of standards it will be developing.

"They haven't gotten that far," she said. "They're just beginning talks about different things. Belron's a very big company and they've got to go through a lot of hoops for this type of thing."

ANSI's process requires public disclosure and an open comment period for the public to voice any opinions they might have about such comments. Those with comments should send them to McKim via phone at 717/932-5834 or by e-mail to pegm@ptd.net by March 8, 2010, with a copy to ANSI's recording secretary at jthompso@ansi.org.

At press time, calls to ANSI for comment had not been returned.

What do you think about Belron seeking accreditation to develop standards? Please e-mail pstacey@glass.com.



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