Belron® and AGC sign a franchise agreement for vehicle glass repair and replacement networks in Poland and Czech Republic
Belron, the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement (VGRR) group, and AGC Automotive Europe, the European division of the world’s leading automotive glass producer, have signed a franchise agreement covering the AGC VGRR operations in Poland and Czech Republic.
AGC currently operates 37 VGRR locations in Poland under the NordGlass brand and 19 locations in the Czech Republic under the AG Experts brand. Under this agreement these networks will operate under Belron brands. Michel Spina, General Manager ARG Europe, commented: “This partnership will allow us to serve more customers with the excellent service standards that Belron is recognised for and provide our employees with the support and coaching that Belron can offer.”
Nigel Doggett, Regional General Manager at Belron, added: “The Polish and Czech markets have a combined vehicle park of over 20 million vehicles and are relatively mature. This agreement allows us to benefit from the extensive AGC network and make a difference to motorists across these two markets by offering the Belron service with real care.” The franchise agreement is effective from 1 June 2019. It is the first agreement made by Belron with a glass manufacturer to operate VGRR services.
As well as its VGRR networks, AGC Automotive Europe has major operations in the production and distribution of automotive replacement glass in Poland, the Czech Republic and throughout Europe. These operations are not impacted by the franchise agreement that has been established exclusively for the AGC VGRR operations in both countries.
Belron is the worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement with more than ten major brands – including Carglass®, Safelite® AutoGlass and Autoglass®. Building on its existing capability and expertise, Belron is expanding its services to focus on solving problems for people who need assistance with repairs to their vehicles and their home. In addition, it manages vehicle glass and other insurance claims on behalf of insurance customers. In 2018, Belron served 17.8 million consumers in 35 countries on six continents.
For more information go to: www.belron.com.
AGC Automotive Europe
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Automotive Europe is the European automotive glass branch of the AGC Group. The AGC Group, with Tokyo-based AGC Inc. at its core, is a world-leading supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals and other high-tech materials and components. AGC Automotive Europe specializes in production of windows (OEM and replacement) for vehicle manufacturers. It also provides ready-to-assemble systems (fixation devices), higher value added functional systems (antennas, sensors, heating elements) and enhanced property glazing (improved thermal, sound and vision comfort).
For more information go to: www.agc-automotive.com (automotive glass, OEM) and www.agc-arg.com (automotive glass, ARG).