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Getting the Autoglass contract is a massive coup for Sign Language

VEHICLE livery specialist Sign Language has made a graphically-impressive start to the new year by wrapping up one of its largest-ever fleet contracts – with glass replacement group Autoglass.

Sign Language originally won an order for the graphics on 15 new Renault Master vans that Autoglass acquired for its Specials division, which serves the coach, bus and train industry.

A further 55 livery kits were supplied for new vehicles that joined the Autoglass fleet in the final weeks of 2013 and now Sign Language anticipates supplying around 750 new kits for further vehicles Autoglass is adding to its fleet throughout the year.

The new graphics kits use an Arlon vinyl, which is lacquered rather than laminated onto the vehicle, yet retains its five-year warranty on the colour of the ink and the adhesiveness.

The windscreen giant has switched its livery supplier after 20 years, largely because of cost. According to Autoglass fleet manager Ged Raymond the ‘small job’ on the Specials fleet proved the worth of Sign Language. “They produced on time and their standard of work was excellent exceeding our expectations,” he said.

“After 20 years with one supplier and using the same source for material it is a big switch for the company. However, we believe Sign Language will do a first-class job and we look forward to a long business relationship with them.”

Most of Autoglass’s vans are Ford Transits – which will dominate the 750 additions to be liveried by Sign Language

Sign Language managing director Tobin Jenkins describes winning the Autoglass contract as a tremendous coup.

“Sign Language is a small company compared with the previous supplier to Autoglass, but we have shown that we can deliver in terms of service, product quality and price. It is a victory for David over Goliath.”

Autoglass has 1700 vans in its fleet, 90 per cent of them Ford Transits, Customs, Connects and Fiestas.  A small number of specialist Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Vauxhall vans are also on the fleet.


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