Last summer I wrote a post explaining the monogram (bug) on auto glass parts. I thought I would expound on that subject and give you a little more information on the European Code known to us as the Circle E standard.
Like the United States, Europe requires that the glass installed into vehicles sold in their countries meet their particular standards for safety. Europe, being made up of multiple jurisdictions, has developed a uniform standard that is accepted by member countries. The standard agreed upon is shown by a circle E symbol emblazoned on the glass monogram. Some glass parts sold and installed in the United States are marked with both the AS markings and the European.
The European markings have three parts, the circle E and country number, the regulation and approval number and the type of glass to which it is affixed to.
If the “type of glass” symbol is missing, then the type of glass is what we commonly call a tempered part, with 70-percent light transmittance or above. The other “type of glass” symbols are:
Toughened-glass W/S w/Plastic Facing
Laminated W/S w/Plastic Facing
Treated Laminated-Glass Windscreen
Glass Panes with less than 70% light transmittance
Double-glazed with less than 70% light transmittance
Toughened-glass for off road vehicles
Tempered – NA
Tempered Anti-lacerative -NA
Insulated Unit Privacy
Tempered parts for un-licensed vehicles
The number found in the circle represents the country that approved the glass part for use in an automobile.
Country designations are as follows:
E8 Czech Republic
E10 Serbia [and Montenegro]
E11 United Kingdom
E42 European Community
E47 South Africa
E51 Republic of Korea
While we are on European subjects, my friend from Romania — who has relocated to Germany — Daniel Dinu, sent me the country listing above and a link to a new tool introduced in Europe. It is called the Systocut®. I think you will be interested in the video located on the site at http://www.systocut.de/.