RAC Auto Windscreens contributes to glass replacement application breakthrough

Article date: 17 July 2007

RAC Auto Windscreens is to become one of the first organisations to use a new all-in-one primer in its replacement glass and specialist glazing service, allowing technicians to attend jobs in all weather conditions. 

The specific all-in-one primer, developed by RAC Auto Windscreens and Dow Automotive, could save fleet managers from costly downtime.

Extensive research and development from Dow Automotive has resulted in the discovery of BETAPRIMETM 5504, a new primer that dries quickly and can be used in extreme temperatures and damp weather.

Chris Bonsall, technical and safety manager for RAC Auto Windscreens, said: "This is a significant breakthrough for the auto-glazing market. RAC Auto Windscreens has been testing Dow Automotive's new primer on stand-alone pieces of laminated glass and discovered that, in practice, the application is useable in all types of weather conditions, including high and low temperatures or where there's precipitation."

Johanna West, senior account manager at Dow Automotive, said: "Over the past two and half years, RAC Auto Windscreens has worked closely with us to produce an aftermarket specific all-in-one primer which offers a simple, fast and effective solution to glass replacement application that can be used in temperatures ranging from -5°C to 40°C, and even in damp conditions on virtually any type of bond line."


RAC Press office contact:
Vicki Burn 01603 684 224 / 07800 692 909 or Sam Bramwell at Staniforth 0161 919 8024/077381 96667.

Notes to editors:

About RAC Auto Windscreens
RAC Auto Windscreens provides a wholly owned and operated complete automotive glazing repair and replacement service (windscreens, rear windows and side windows) through the largest fitting centre network in the UK.

It is the only replacement windscreen specialist with its own manufacturing operation, producing 250,000 windscreens a year in a dedicated factory in Chesterfield.

Backed by a fleet of 1,000 fully equipped mobile fitting units, RAC Auto Windscreens provides a true 24/7 national service for more than 750,000 private and corporate customers every year. For more information on RAC Auto Windscreens visit www.rac.co.uk/windscreens 

About RAC
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organizations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.

Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%.

RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available on the RAC internet news centre at www.racnews.co.uk         

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