This slide show is images of what we call in the auto glass industry "Bugs" which are labels imprinted or etched into the glass. They are typically located in the lower center or one of the corners of the glass. Bugs show the name of the auto glass manufacture, date code and color codes that are proprietary information with each company. Another item that is located on the Bug is the DOT, which stands for Department of Transportation. Each auto glass manufacture is assigned a number that indicates where the glass was made. The last company that touches the glass is typically the one that will stamp their Bug onto the glass. For example if a windshield is made without a molding it maybe sent to another company so that it maybe applied. It is possible that the molding company will imprint the Bug.
Today we are seeing more
USA auto glass companies hiring or partnering with China
auto glass manufacturers. On the Bug will be the USA
OEM brand name and the DOT will be from a China company.
So looking at the glass it looks like an OEM brand but
it may actually be made in China. China glass manufacturers
are making glass fit a lot better now than in the past
and one good example would be Benson and XYG. In this
slide show we are showing two companies PGW also know
as PPG and AP Tech that are using a China manufacturer
Xinyi Auto Glass with the DOT 563. Having XYG under
the North America name Xinyi Auto Glass out of Toronto,
Canada. Keep in mind the glass is not made in Canada
this is just their home office.