National Windscreens will be using a new glass bonding adhesive from Dow Automotive Systems – ensuring motorists can drive away after only 30 minutes with both their windscreen replaced and calibration work completed to required safety standards.
The Betaseal 1580 adhesive is Thatcham approved and its fast curing time means that a vehicle's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can be calibrated much sooner after a windscreen replacement.
Pete Marsden, managing director for National Windscreens, said: “Safety is of paramount importance when replacing a windscreen. The adhesive allows a car body to be at least as strong after glass replacement as it was on the day it left the factory.
“In today’s vehicles, as much as 40% of the structural integrity is derived from the glass so it is vital that the best possible adhesive is used when installing replacements.
“The fact this adhesive has been approved by Thatcham Research also informed our decision to use it at our UK-wide network of fitting centres, supporting our commitment to always put motorists’ safety first.”
More vehicles are being fitted with ADAS which often work through cameras mounted on windscreens. When automotive glass needs replacing, calibration is essential to ensure these safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning (LDW), continue to work as intended.
National Windscreens provides 108 fitting and calibration centres throughout the UK.