Winter demand leads to national windscreen shortage

The high demand for replacement windscreens at the beginning of the year, following the UK's worst winter in 30 years, has led to a national shortage of windscreens, reports the automotive glazing services company Auto Windscreens.

Automotive glazing companies throughout the UK are struggling to get hold of parts leading to long delays for windscreen replacement for vehicle owners, particularly for owners of the Vauxhall Zafira, Astra and Vectra, VW Passat and Golf and Audi A4.

With only a handful of car glass manufacturers in the UK, Auto Windscreens has increased production by, more than 40% at its own windscreen factory in order to fill the gaps left by other suppliers. Production at Auto Windscreens factory has now increased to 600 windscreens a day.

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Nigel Davies, Auto Windscreens Sales and Marketing Director commented: “It’s unusual to have a national shortage of windscreens and we’ve certainly not come across it before. Auto Windscreens is in the fortunate and unique position, however, that we can simply add another shift at our factory and increase production on popular windscreen models to meet demand and manage the delays.”

Uniquely Auto Windscreens is the only automotive glazing services company to manufacture its own windscreens, giving it total control of the supply chain.

It has the capacity to produce 250,000 windscreens annually and has been manufacturing them for 26 years at its state-of-the-art factory in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.