Xinyi to Increase Annual Production Capacity by 1.2 Million
Units of Auto Glass
Hong Kong-based Xinyi Glass Holdings Ltd. has announced
that it will increase its annual aftermarket auto glass production capacity
by 1.2 million units later this year. The company attributes its decision
to increase production to “the strong surge in market demand.”
“As the automobile glass market continues to show strong
momentum in the third quarter this year, export price and sales volume
of automobile glass continue a noticeable growth uptrend,” writes the
company in a statement. “Pushed up by robust market demand, the [Xinyi]
Group’s order backlog is at its record high level of [more than] three
The company plans to open a new aftermarket auto glass line to open in
Shenzhen, China, later this year, with an annual production capacity of
800,000 units. The line is scheduled to begin production during the fourth
quarter. In addition, Xinyi officials say an additional production line
with an annual capacity of 1.2 million units of glass is scheduled to
be put into place in the first quarter of 2011.
Once these are both into place, Xinyi officials say it will have a total
annual aftermarket automobile glass production capacity of 13.5 million
units of glass.
In other news at Xinyi, the company announced in early August that it
had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Pittsburgh Glass Works
to explore “a potential formation of a joint venture or other cooperative
effort to manufacture automobile glass products and to manage sales and
service parts of automobile glass to OEM customers in China and export
to global OEM customers.”
The companies say the joint task force will study the possibility “with
the intent of concluding preparatory work regarding the possible venture
on or before December 31, 2010.”
“The effort could result in the manufacture of automotive glass products
to serve automotive manufacturers in China and for the export of such
products from China to global OEM markets,” reads a press release from
the two companies.
PGW spokesperson Robert McCullough says the two companies have worked
together in the past.
“Well, there has been a commercial relationship with the two organizations
for a period of time and it looks like a natural evolution,” says McCullough.
“I think that’s why the next three or four months we’ve decided to work
together to see where this is going to pan out.”
McCullough was unable to comment on exactly what the joint venture might
“That’s exactly what we’re going to be figuring out,” he said. “We’re
going to have to sort that out.”
In a busy month for the Hong Kong-based company, Xinyi also has reached
a settlement with Saint-Gobain in the ongoing patent infringement suit;
under the terms of the settlement, all proceedings were terminated “without
admission of any infringement liability on either side,” and the companies
also “have entered into license agreements on other patents of Saint-Gobain
for the use by the Group for its production and sales purposes” (see related
story in January-February 2010 AGRR, page 12).
Belron Reports Total Number of Jobs is Up 17 Percent
for First Half of 2010
Belron parent company D’Ieteren reported recently that its total number
of repair and replacement jobs is up 17 percent for the first half of
the year—for a total of 6.3 million, up from 5.4 million in the first
half of 2009.
The company also reported a 19.8 percent increased in sales, which totaled
$1,884.5 million U.S. dollars (1,484. million Euros), up from $1,572.8
million U.S. dollars (1,239 million Euros) in 2009. The sales consisted
of 11 percent organic increases, a 3 percent trading days adjustment,
2 percent acquisitions and 4 percent currency translations.
Belron reported an operating result for the first half of 2010 of $172.2
million U.S. dollars (135.4 million Euros), up 14.7 percent from the first
half of 2009, during which the company’s total operating result was $150.0
million U.S. dollars (118 million Euros).
In Europe, Belron experienced 20 percent sales growth for the first half
of the year, made up of 14 percent organic growth, 3 percent trading days
adjustment, 2 percent acquired growth (due to acquisitions in Turkey and
France) and a positive currency impact of 1 percent due to the stronger
British pound, according to the D’Ieteren report. Though the company also
cites favorable weather in Europe as a benefit to its half-year results,
other factors are noted as well.
In addition, as part of the report, the company announced that Belron
is “initiating” the opening of a new operation in Russia. Further details
have not been released about the opening.
AGRSS Council Inc. Launches Re-Designed Website
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. has re-designed
its website, www.agrss.org.
The new website highlights the Council’s latest news, includes safety
news updates and a variety of user-friendly features for its users.
The new site also features access to AGRSS-related documents,
from the Standard to the Code of Ethics to adhesive manufacturers’ instructions;
a variety of informative videos and webinars; and the ability for AGRSS-registered
companies to download the AGRSS-registered logo via password access.
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