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Industry Auto glass repair
Founded Cape Town, South Africa (1897)
Area served Worldwide
Key people Gary Lubner
Employees 24,000

Belron is a vehicle glass repair and replacement group operating worldwide across 35 countries and 5 continents and employing over 24,000 people.


Belron was first founded as a family business in 1897 as Jacobs & Dandor in Cape Town, South Africa. The company was purchased and renamed Plate Glass Bevelling and Silvering in 1899. In 1917, City Glass Bevelling & Silvering Works bought out Plate Glass; the companies were merged in 1919 and went ahead to gain success in the windscreen industry by securing the business rights to the curved windscreen production technology in 1953 and introducing laminated rear windows in 1958.

The company began its international expansion in 1971, starting with the acquisition of O’Brien in Australia. In 1990, international acquisitions were grouped together under the name Belron. Gary Lubner was named CEO of Belron in 2000.

In 2013 Belron (94.85% owned by D'Ieteren) had 2,400 branches and 8,600 mobile vans, trading under 15 different brands including Carglass, Autoglass and Safelite, serve customers in 35 countries. Revenues in 2013 were €2.8 billion[1]


Belron brands repair and replace damaged vehicle glass. In many countries, Belron brands are able to repair and replace a customer’s windscreen 24 hours a day through branch based and mobile services.

According to statistics, Belron brands complete around 110,000 mobile jobs worldwide on a weekly basis and carry out 8,000 windscreen repairs every day. In 2012, Belron served over 10 million customers.


Belron has built strong brands around the world, including Autoglass in the UK, Carglass in most of Europe, Safelite in the United States, O’Brien in Australia and Smith & Smith in New Zealand.

Corporate social responsibility[edit]

Environmental Impact[edit]

Belron works on reducing its carbon footprint by repairing a windscreen rather than replacing it, wherever possible. Belron has calculated that a repair to a windscreen has a carbon intensity nearly ten times lower than replacing a windscreen.

Belron World Conference Foundation[edit]

In 2010, Belron set up the Belron World Conference Foundation, an independent Foundation with its own Trustees that is managed externally. The Foundation is a global programme, which aims to have a lasting impact on the improvement of communities where Belron operates by engaging employees in charitable activities and making a financial contribution in recognition of these activities.

Innovative technology[edit]

Belron has its own dedicated research and development centre, Belron Technical. This is a team of thinkers and innovators who are focused on driving technical standards and developing innovations that break new ground in vehicle glass repair and replacement.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "D'Ieteren Annual Report 2013".