Glass used in automotive applications has to sustain different forms of pressure and safety regulations. As a manufacturer or supplier of glass that is used in cars, trucks, busses, commercial, agricultural or other vehicles such as mobile homes or caravans, you are undoubtedly confronted with the fact that your products must comply with the rigorous safety standards that are stipulated in the United Nations ECE R43 homologation program. As accredited and notified body, TÜV Rheinland employs knowledgeable experts that support you with all of your testing and approval processes that are related to automotive glass applications.
TÜV Rheinland is accredited as a technical service laboratory for ECE R43 glass testing for automotive applications. As a precursor TÜV Rheinland is eligible to audit and certify your automotive glass products and production processes under the approval of the RDW (Rijksdienst voor het Wegverkeer - the administrative department and approval authority for the Netherlands) and the KBA (Kraftfahrt-BundesAmt - the administrative department and approval authority in Germany). By this position in the automotive market, TÜV Rheinland is your specialist partner in all quality and certification matters related to automotive glass.
With TÜV Rheinland as your partner for certifying glass for automotive applications in compliance with ECE R43, you:
Along with inspections and test services that comply with United Nations ECE Regulation 43 and other industrial standards for automotive glass products, our experts offer glass manufacturers the following services:
Additionally to checks and testing services for ECE R43 approval, we also provide services in the areas of:
The ECE R43 standards focus on safety aspects and on the robustness of the glass as a critical component in any vehicle. Factors that need to be considered include:
The RDW (in Netherlands) and KBA (in Germany) are the Dutch respectively German administrative departments (approval authorities) that grant approvals as mentioned in directives 70/156 and the 1958 Agreement of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UN-ECE) for glass that is used in the automotive sector.
Regulations and directives applicable to glass for automotive use are:
Examples of the types of projects TÜV Rheinland has managed include: