Auto Glass Industry Heads to Scottsdale, Ariz. for Annual Conference
by Penny Beverage
As we approach the fall, there are always a few things upon which we can depend. One is the weather cooling down. (Sure, it may still be 80° Fahrenheit, but that’s still cooler than 95°.) Another is kids going back to school; that’s always a definite. Finally, there’s one thing on which just the auto glass industry can depend—that annual National Auto Glass Conference, sponsored by the National Glass Association.
This year, the conference is heading west to sunny Scottsdale, Ariz. The event will be held September 10-13, 2003, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
In addition to these educational opportunities, the trade show will give exhibiting companies an opportunity to unveil their latest developments. The trade show will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, and from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 12.
Following are a few of the products that will be on display at the show.
Glass Connection Offers Distribution Capabilities
Glass Connection, which is based in Gardena, Calif., will be exhibiting its distribution capabilities and recruiting new customers as such. The company says it has a well-stocked warehouse and can distribute nationwide with its excellent packaging capabilities.
Autostock Promotes Distribution Capabilities
Autostock Distribution, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, will exhibit its ability to distribute a full line of OE and OE-quality automotive replacement glass; its extensive national and international network for sourcing; a large selection of aftermarket automotive and truck accessories; sophisticated warehouse and delivery systems; fully trained customer service representatives; and 24/7 ordering capabilities via its website.
Info www.autostock.com, or call 866/661-8459.
Dow Automotive Unveils BETASEAL™ Express
Dow Automotive Aftermarket of Dayton, Ohio, is introducing the BETASEAL Express Advanced Cure Urethane Adhesive. The one-component, cold-applied adhesive provides a proven crash-validated safe drive-away time of one hour in temperatures from 0 to 115° Fahrenheit, according to the company. Likewise, the urethane utilizes a new technology from Dow that requires less moisture for it to cure.
In addition, Dow will unveil its BETAPRIME 5500 1-Step Glass and Frit Primer. According to the company, the primer is designed for use with all of its primed-to-glass adhesive systems. Its benefits include its one-step process, a six-minute dry time and a 24-hour active life.
Info www.dow.com/automotive, or call 800/453-3779.
Lo-Can Glass Can Find It
Lo-Can Glass, a division of Autostock Distribution in Vancouver, British Columbia, will promote its capabilities to provide hard-to-find replacement glass for all sorts of vehicles, including classics from the 1930s to 1960s, kit cars and specialty vehicles. The company also provides related glass accessories for these rare vehicles.
Info www.locanglass.com, or call 800/345-9595.
A.N. Designs Offers Quick-Release Lever Knife
A.N. Designs of Torrington, Conn., is introducing its UltraWiz® Quick-Release Lever Knife (3007-K). The knife has a unique, patent-pending blade-holding system, which allows the technician to place an UltraWiz blade on the knife at any height in the handle.
A simple touch of the knife’s lever then changes the position of the handle on the blade, even while it is still on the urethane, allowing the technician the ability to adjust the height of the cold knife to avoid interference from a pinchweld or encapsulation.
In addition, comfortable foam-covered pull cable is positioned low on the handle and attached inline with the blade to provide better control, according to the company.
Info www.ultrawiztools.com, or call 860/482-2921.
PRP Offers Extensive Part Line
Precision Replacement Parts (PRP), which is based in Monroe, Wash., offers replacement parts for auto glass, restoration and manufacturing needs.
The company’s comprehensive product line comprises more than 5,000 parts, including both glass and mouldings.
Info www.prp.com, or call 800/367-8241.
PPG PROSTARS Prepares to Unveil Star Quality Program
Pittsburgh-based PPG PROSTARS will unveil its Star Quality customer service training program. The program is designed to elevate the customer service position, educate car owners and improve business for auto glass shops, according to PPG.
PPG says Star Quality equips customer service personnel with important product and industry knowledge, gives them the tools and skills to educate car owners and provides them with a better understanding of a potential customer’s thought process. The program will utilize both instructor-led and in-shop formats to suit individual preferences and learning styles. The training will emphasize both driving sales and improving service from the first point of contact.
Info www.ppgprostars.com, or call 913/661-2685.
Gold Glass Group Increases Width of T100B
Gold Glass Group of Bohemia, N.Y., will be demonstrating its newly developed T101B universal moulding. This product is a wider version of its T100B design, which fits many of today’s windshields, including the 1996-2003 Dodge Caravan. Gold says it introduced the T101B because its customers have said a wider version of the T100B would expand its applications greatly.
Info www.gggcorp.com, or call 800/448-5188.
Shat R Proof Extends Adhesive Line with Three New Products
Bloomington, Minn.-based Shat R Proof Corp. is unveiling several new products at the show.
These include its SRP101EZ primerless-to-glass adhesive, its SRP160HT preheated adhesive and its SRP7000 one-step adhesive.
All three new adhesives feature fast, safe drive-away times and a high viscosity, according to Shat R Proof.
In addition, SRP7000 is designed to speed installation times with no cost to the vehicle's safety.
Info www.shatrproof.com, or call 952/946-0450.
Sika Introduces Super Kit with New Sika 206 Stix
Sika Industry Auto Glass Replace-ment Group, which is based in Madison Heights, Mich., has introduced its Super Kits, which combine its adhesives with Sika Aktivator pads and all new Sika 206 Stix, all in one kit. The Super Kits will be packaged with all SikaTack®-ASAP, SikaTack®-Ultrafast II and SikaTack®-Drive urethanes, which will be available by the end of the year.
Sika 206 Stix is the company’s new single-use applicator for Sika Primer 206 G+P. The “Stix” are used to paint over nicks and scratches in the pinchweld that may be created when removing the windshield.
Info www.sikaindustry.com, or call 248/577-0020.
LYNX Services Launches PowerSync™ Program
Pittsburgh-based LYNX Services LLC, a subsidiary of PPG, is launching its new PowerSync Program.
Those shops who qualify for the PowerSync program can connect electronically to LYNX Services and auto glass suppliers. LYNX says signing up for the PowerSync program results in a claims process with few telephone calls and faxes and a short payment cycle.
Info www.lynxservices.com, or call 412/434-3589.
|Visit AGRR’s Booth
As you make your show rounds, please be sure to stop by and visit AGRR’s booth, #502, and say hello. Also on display will be AGRR’s sister publications, USGlass, Door & Window Maker, Window Film, SHELTER and Plastics Fabricating & Forming.
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