NACE Auto Glass Pavilion Sees New Product Launches, Attendees Looking for Economical Add-Ons
October 19, 2010

NACE was held in Las Vegas last week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Several auto glass tool suppliers and manufacturers were on-hand at the Auto Glass Pavilion to show their latest wares. NACE, also known as the International Autobody Congress and Exposition, was co-located with CARS during Automotive Service and Repair Week.

Equalizer Industries displayed its entire line of Equalizer removal tools and windshield repair tools and systems. Company president Eric Asbery said he heard mixed reports from show attendees.

“I hear a lot of complaints from customers about the economy, but they end up wanting to buy stuff, so it’s kind of a contradiction,” he said. “I think it’s bouncing back, but I think people are still a little leery of buying. It’s a natural thing when you’ve gone through what people have gone through here recently.”

In line with a growing trend of auto body shops that provide their own auto glass services, Asbery said he talked to several body shop owners looking to add windshield repair equipment to their businesses.

“It’s probably time that the body industry is looking for other things because of the economy,” he said. “I think they’re looking to other industries that fit into their businesses, and the windshield repair business is probably easy on the pocketbook enough that they can afford to try to get into that kind of thing.”

Crystal Glass/The Extractor displayed its PROV28 Milwaukee windshield removal tool—an 18-volt tool.

“It’s very powerful for the high-volume installer,” said operations manager Win Parnall.

Glass Doctor was promoting its franchise offerings to attendees.

“I’m just talking to people, seeing if they’re interested in diversification or building their businesses,” said Ryan Landon of Glass Doctor.

Delta Kits launched its new windshield repair pit resin, 144-14 Premium Pit Plus. Company representative Bruce McDonald said he saw a positive response.

“I’ve got orders in my case, and I’m ready to go,” he joked.

RV glass supplier Duncan Systems also was on-hand, displaying its RV-specific damage estimating software.
“We’re here to promote everything we have to offer to the auto glass industry, the auto body industry and dealerships,” said Brent Watson of Duncan.

Former Pilkington Classic Auto Glass Technician Olympics gold medalists Jeff Olive of Glasspro and Jamie Browning of Browning Auto Glass, along with 2009 bronze medalist Travis Crebs, also provided auto glass installation demonstrations during the event as part of an AGTO retrospective.

In addition, AGRR magazine, official publication of the Auto Glass Pavilion at NACE, helped to coordinate two educational sessions, "Auto Glass as a Profit Center" by Joel Timmons of Profitable Glass Solutions and "Auto Glass Replacement and Repair Opportunities for Your Shop" by Olive, McDonald and AGRR magazine publisher Debra Levy.

Next year’s NACE Expo is scheduled for October 17-19, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Next year’s Auto Glass Week™ will be held in Memphis, Tenn., September 15-17, at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Memphis Marriott Downtown.

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