|Industry||Vehicle glass repair|
|Founded||Cape Town, South Africa (1897)|
|Founders||Jacobs & Dandor|
Number of employees
Belron is a vehicle glass repair and replacement group operating worldwide across 35 countries and employing over 27,000 people. Belron's brands include Autoglass in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, Carglass in most of Europe, Safelite in the United States, O'Brien in Australia and Smith & Smith in New Zealand.
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. 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 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; both his father and grandfather had also led the business.
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, serving customers in 35 countries. Revenues in 2015 were €3.1 billion