Finalists prepare for first UK Master Fitter autoglazing showdown

A contest to find the best automotive glazing technician in the UK nears its climax as the final six prepare to meet for the grand final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in September.
The competition hots up
The competition hots up
July 26, 2010 - PRLog -- Following a series of regional heats, the search to find the UK’s best independent automotive glazing technician has been narrowed down to six, who are now preparing for the grand final at the Millennium Stadium on 16 September.

The first competition of its kind in the UK, Master Fitter attracted some one hundred entries in its inaugural year, as well as the support of Trico Products, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wiper blades and associated systems.

The finalists all showed outstanding technical expertise in repairing and replacing a windscreen, as well as replacing a side and heated rear window, all against the clock.

The overall champion will represent the UK on a global stage on 30 September at the 2010 International Master Fitter Championships, as part of the Glasstec International Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, where champions from up to fifteen nations will be participating.

Co-ordinated by Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the glass and related industries, UK Master Fitter aims to showcase the need for highly skilled people in response to the rapid advances in vehicle technology with glass becoming an increasingly important part of car construction.

The initiative is being supported by a number of organisations, including: the Independent Windscreen Academy (IWA); Master Auto Glass; Laddaw; Dow Automotive; Sika; and the Glass Qualifications Authority (GQA). Vehicles for the final will be supplied by Enterprise.

The six finalists are:

Andrew Fountain      Advance Windscreens, Cambuslang
Mark Palmer         Advanced Windscreen Services, Bristol
Matthew Cassells       Motorglass, Chorley
Marvin Stocks      Yorkshire Windscreens, Rotherham
Ben Beckwith      A1 Autoglaze, Uckfield
John Ferry          Autoglaze, Bournemouth (best runner-up)

Commented Lisa Nichols, Marketing Manager, Trico Products:

“Just as Trico is committed to ensuring optimum driver visibility through the supply of OE-quality wipers and wiper systems, this competition has reflected the dedication and commitment of technicians who deserve national recognition for their skills. The final of Master Fitter promises to be a real showcase for professionalism that Trico is proud to support.”

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