Sika Corporation is proud to announce that James Chapman, Richardson Glass and Raul Plascencia, Direct Glass Service, two Sika Auto Glass Replacement (AGR) customers, have taken first and second place in the 2023 XYG Auto Glass Technician Olympics, held during the Auto Glass Week Convention, September 18-22nd in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Both technicians bested 18 other competitors in the foremost international automotive competition designed to find the top technician who completes the best overall automotive glass installation. Competitors are judged on professionalism, credentials, and knowledge; technician comportment and vehicle safety inspection; proper product, equipment, and tools usage; proper auto glass removal and installation procedures and techniques; and post-installation and customer procedures. Auto Glass Week is an annual event showcasing advancements and innovations in the OE and aftermarket auto glass repair, replacement, and calibration industries.
James Chapman from Richardson Glass Service in Newark, Ohio took home the gold medal in this extremely competitive contest. Along with $10,000 in champion prize money, organizers of the event awarded James the title of “World's Best Auto Glass Installer.” Another strong finish in second place was Raul Plascencia, representing Direct Quality Auto Glass in San Bernardino, CA. Raul’s silver medal performance earned him $2,500.
During the competition, James and Raul both used SikaTack® ULTIMATE, Sika's first-to-market primerless, 30-minute Minimum Drive Away Time (MDAT) adhesive. This product is a cold-applied, fast-curing, high-viscosity polyurethane adhesive, designed for use in replacing direct-glazed automotive glass parts on glass or ceramic frit – without the use of any pre-treatment. SikaTack® ULTIMATE is the first of its kind in the 30-minute MDAT and primerless category.
From Sika’s Dan Hilliard, Executive Vice President Industry: “James and Raul's one-two win is a great accomplishment and demonstrates their commitment to continued excellence in safely installing auto glass for their customers. This is a great example of Sika's mission to prioritize customer safety. Our company is proud to lead the AGR industry in sales support, providing installers with the most complete and reliable training programs. The entire Sika family are very proud and congratulate them both.”
SikaTack® ULTIMATE features:
- No pre-treatment required for glass or frit
- 30-minute Minimum Drive Away Time (MDAT)
- Crash tested according to FMVSS 212
Please contact your Sika Territory Manager to set up a customer training and to learn more about SikaTack® ULTIMATE and Sika's other great products. Click here to view the launch page for SikaTack® ULTIMATE.
Congratulations to James and Raul for their tremendous success at the 2023 XYG Auto Glass Technician Olympics and good luck next year!