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Windscreen repair technicians to give demos at emergency services fleet show

The UK’s top windscreen repair technicians are set to showcase their speed and expertise to emergency services fleet managers at The Blue and Amber Light Fleet Exhibition next week (June 4-5 2013).

Live demonstrations by Auto Windscreens will show how quickly its championship-winning technicians can expertly tend to chipped and cracked windscreens. Steve Abrahams and Mark Blaylock, awarded gold and silver at the WorldSkills UK Master Fitter final in November, will also be on hand at the event to explain about Auto Windscreens’ free glass checks offered to ensure chips are caught early to avoid glass replacements, reducing overall fleet expenditure.

Joy Cooper, sales director at Auto Windscreens, said: “Blue and amber light fleet managers are under increasing pressure to keep their vehicles on the road and minimise downtimes as public spending budgets continue to tighten and fleet numbers are reduced. As a leader in our field with a solid reputation for servicing nationwide fleets fast and efficiently, we are eager to demonstrate our skills and advise on how it is possible to achieve lower outlays on glazing and improve current glass care programmes.”

Auto Windscreens, one of the UK’s largest windscreen replacement and repair specialists, already works with a number of national fleets including a host of emergency services organisations, along with established companies such as Morrisons and Sixt.

Cooper added: “We allow cost-conscious fleet managers to concentrate on operations and logistics without worrying about damaged windscreens. Frequent inspections and a proactive response when a repair is required ensure vans and squad cars are always ready for the next call out.”

To see Steve and Mark in action at The Blue & Amber Light Fleet Exhibition on 4 and 5 June at The International Centre, Telford, visit Auto Windscreens at stand 54B.

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Comments

  • Martin Thomson - 01/06/2013 16:10

    Yes but your prices are disgraceful

    • solo - 31/07/2013 17:15

      @Martin Thomson - I would rather pay more to have a job done well

    • Glassman - 31/07/2013 21:54

      @solo - perhaps he was suggesting they're too low?

  • Screenman - 30/07/2013 20:45

    Having met a lot of these guys I question their ability to do a quality job, quick maybe but quality no way. I have had many of their ex employee's to me for further training, they certainly needed it.

  • Screenman - 30/07/2013 20:55

    Repair and replacement in my humble opinion and with 25 years experience behind me should not be done by the same company. Now you might ask why, well would you rather have £200 or £45 if you were the company supplying the service. I have asked if I may be allowed to sit in on a typical training session for this company, and they have declined me. This so that I could maybe offer my help in improving the quality of workmanship being offered to most customers. As many people in our trade know from assessors to techs and through to business owners, it is my passion to improve the quality of repairs in the UK>

  • Glassman - 30/07/2013 21:28

    The opening paragraph is misleading and incorrect.

  • Screenman - 30/07/2013 21:32

    Indeed, the opening paragraph is extremely misleading. Who judged them and against whom?

    • Gareth Roberts - 31/07/2013 17:24

      @Screenman - Thanks for your comments. UK Master Fitter is part of WorldSkills UK for 2012, which operates a portfolio of 54 competitions for young people and adults, designed to showcase talent in vocational skills across many different industries, including automotive. WorldSkills UK is managed by the National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with organisations from industry and education. It is co-ordinated by official partner, the Independent Windscreen Academy (IWA). Battling it out for the title of UK Master Fitter last November were: Sean Hurley, National Windscreens; Steve Abrahams, Auto Windscreens; Paul Simpson, Motorscreen; Darrell Edmed, AA Autowindshields; and Peter White, Motorglass (AA Autowindshields during heats). Some forty technicians competed at seven regional finals in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland with the top six overall scores going forward to the final. Competitors were required to repair and replace a windscreen and replace a side and rear window, within a specified timeframe, under the watchful eye of the UK Master Fitter judging team.

    • Glassman - 31/07/2013 22:07

      @Gareth Roberts - many of the practices 'showcased' at UKMF are fundamentally wrong yet fiiters/technicians are erroneously applauded for incorrect use of equipment, tools and products. There is photographic evidence of this and UKMF organisers seemingly approve of these antiquated methods. These practices are not indicative of this industry but they *are* widely accepted because most either do not know any different, or refuse to accept that they have no proper knowledge of their subject.

  • Glassman - 30/07/2013 21:46

    In this context the inference is to Master Fitter UK, a competition which purports to 'find the best technician in the UK'.

  • Solo - 31/07/2013 17:13

    I would rather pay extra for a job to done correct .

  • phillip gregory - 29/08/2014 20:52

    where can i get windscreen repair training

  • phillip gregory - 29/08/2014 20:55

    Sorry screenman i didnt see you there Anyhow are you still training. how do i find you online have you got a web site been looking to get in touch

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