A Birmingham-machine maker has designed and manufactured a high speed resin-capsule-filling device for Autoglass.
Modular Automation International, which employs 60 at its Small Heath Business Park base, won the contract to build the machine which can assemble and test giant syringe-type cartridges to inject resin into broken windscreens.
John Robinson, director of Belron - which trades as Autoglass - said the cartridges were becoming increasingly important.
He said: "Windscreen repair is fast becoming the preferred option to wind-creen replacement - last year it saved the automotive insurance and fleet industries £400 million.
"It is cheaper to repair a windscreen and nothing is lost to strength.
"Belron operates in 28 countries and undertakes 1.4 million repairs a year. "However we predict this could double over coming years. It is vital we have the capacity and continuity of production with a stable product. This machine will enable us to achieve this."
Modular Automation International designs and manufactures bespoke and standard production equipment for use in the industrial, medical, pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.
It was selected from six companies shortlisted by consultancy PDD to design and build a machine to fully automate the production of the tiny disposable syringes.
Their appointment follows months of testing and design modification and represents an investment of more than £340,000.
Engineers at Modular were able to configure the company's assembly cell, the MAC (Modular Assembly Cell) to assemble fill and test the fragile devices.
Trevor Dixon, managing director, said: "We built the cells here and would love to make them for Midland manufacturers. Our standard cell can be adapted and tooled to suit different automated assemblies.
"It picks things up and puts them down, and combines them in different processes. It can do up to 24 different things and work at 80 cycles per minute.
"Our machines can help increase volumes, cut costs. We are doing automatically what they are doing manually. It also improves quality because everything is checked and double checked.
"In the past people may have said machines put people out of work, but they help industry remain competitive.
"Companies have a choice, either automate in the UK, or use cheaper labour in the Far East.
"This machine shows what we can do and hopefully we can help other Midland companies."
Tim Court, PDD operations director, said: "We were delighted Modular Automation appointed.
"They understood our stringent design requirements and were able to implement the high levels of technology required for such a vital part of the process."