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AutoNation Announces Resignation of President and COO Bill Berman, Promotion for Collision Repair Leader Scott Arnold  

Industry News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:48am

AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) announced the resignation of William “Bill” Berman as President and Chief Operating Officer effective May 15.  Berman will continue to serve as an employee of the Company in an advisory capacity through June 30. Mike Jackson, AutoNation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will assume all operating responsibilities as AutoNation begins the selection process for a new President and Chief Operating Officer.

Berman was named president in February.

Mike Jackson, stated, “I thank Bill for his 20 years of service and leadership at AutoNation. We wish Bill all the best in his future endeavors.”

AutoNation also announced the

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Automotive Industries Association of Canada Elects New Board of Directors

Industry News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:36am

The Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada announced the election of three new directors, along with other changes to its Board at the 75th Annual General Meeting held in Mississauga, Ontario on May 16.

The new members are Rick Orser from 3M Canada Company, Tony Del Vasto from Vast-Auto Distribution and Steve Leal from Fix Auto World.

Orser is the General Manager, Automotive Aftermarket Division for 3M Canada Company and currently represents 3M as a member of the AIA Collision Council who brings with him 30 years of business management experience.

Del Vasto is the Vice President and General Manager,

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Sherwin-Williams Announces Advanced Painter Certification Course Eligible for I-CAR Credit

Industry News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:32am

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes announced an expanded Advanced Painter Certification course for collision repair professionals.

The course is designed to provide participants with state-of-the-industry expertise on OE color trends and innovations.

More information about the course is available online.

“Unique OEM colors and specialty finishes change each year, so this class is built to adapt,” said Rod Habel, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Director of Training Operations. “We regularly see the introduction of new OE metallics and specialty colors that are difficult to match for some technicians in the field. Our goal is to help painters rise to the challenge through classes like

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BMW Renews Approval of Axalta Refinish Brands in 40 Countries

Industry News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:25am

BMW Group has renewed its approval of the Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE:AXTA) Spies Hecker and Standox brands for the repair of BMW passenger cars. The endorsement applies to the BMW Group service network in 40 countries around the world, from Albania to the United Arab Emirates, and follows a series of rigorous tests of both brands’ paint materials to make certain they meet BMW Group’s high standards.

“We offer BMW Group service centers across the globe comprehensive expert advice and practical application guidance,” explains Jürgen Knorr, Key Accounts Director for Axalta’s Refinish Systems in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Our

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Interview: Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance

Industry News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:52am
Chris Evans, Claim Consultant, explains State Farm’s recent decision to require I-CAR’s Welding program for collision repair facilities on its Select Service referral program.

In April, State Farm Insurance announced it would begin requiring collision repair shops that participate in its Select Service referral program to have technicians with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Welding Training & Certification.

Under the new initiative, facilities with 10 technicians or less will be required to have at least one technician complete the training to maintain their certification, while facilities with 11 or more technicians will be required to have at

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Solera Acquisition of Autodata Faces Possible In-Depth Probe by UK Competition Authority

Industry News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:08am

Solera Holdings Inc. acquisition of Autodata faces an in-depth merger probe, unless it offers acceptable ways of addressing competition concerns raised by regulators in the United Kingdom. Solera announced it was acquiring Autodata in January and was completed in February.

The companies supply vehicle maintenance and repair information platforms across the UK and the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) initial investigation found that they are the twomain suppliers of these platforms in the UK and compete closely with each other.

The CMA found that the merged company would face very limited competition in the UK and that there are

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Volvo Receives Advanced High-Strength Steel Innovation Award

Industry News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:03am

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), honored the Volvo Car Corporation body structure team with its Automotive Excellence Award for its advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2016 Volvo XC90. The award was presented yesterday at the 16th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) seminar in Livonia, Mich.

Henric Lindberg, system attribute leader – body structure at Volvo, received the award for his GDIS 2016 presentation, “Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2016 Volvo XC90.”

(L-R): Sean Donnelly, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal Dofasco; Matthew Winkler, senior purchasing

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Axalta Opens Customer Experience Center in North Carolina

Industry News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:43am

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE:AXTA) held the grand opening of its Customer Experience Center on May 16, in Concord, N.C. Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Michael Carr, Axalta President-North America officiated the opening program with special guests Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, and Rick Hendrick, owner of 12-time Cup champion Hendrick Motorsports.

The Customer Experience Center is a 36,000 square feet training and conference complex designed to serve Axalta’s refinish, transportation OEM, and industrial customers. The Customer Experience Center boasts two world-class paint application centers, a collaborative mixing lab, and an exhibit lobby where visitors

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Violet Konkle Elected as Trustee of Boyd Group Income Fund

Industry News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:31am

The Boyd Group announced the election of Violet (Vi) A. M. Konkle to its Board of Trustees at its Annual General Meeting held on Friday, May 12, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“With significant leadership experience with some of the foremost Canadian retail companies, Vi is a valuable addition to our Board,” said Allan Davis, Independent Chairman of Boyd’s Board of Trustees.

Konkle was most recently President and CEO of The Brick Ltd. and previously held leadership roles with Walmart Canada and Loblaw Companies Ltd.  She is currently a board member of The North West Company Inc. as well as a number

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Service King Raises $45,000 for School with Houston Golf Tournament

Industry News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:51am

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced its teammates raised $45,000 for The Arbor School as part of the collision repair organization’s 7th Annual Houston Charity Golf Tournament. The official check presentation was made earlier this month after more than 140 golfers participated and supported the annual tournament hosted at The Woodlands Country Club.

Service King has now partnered with The Arbor School for three consecutive years as the primary beneficiary of its charity golf tournament. In total, the partnership has resulted in $135,000 in contributions to the school and its educational programs that directly support children with all forms of

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UK’s National Body Repair Association Issues Advice to Collision Repair Shops Following Data Breach

Industry News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:45am

The UK-based National Body Repair Association (NBRA) is providing recommendations to collision repair shops following a customer information data breach that was brought light by its members last year. The breach is being investigated by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) resulting in several raids.

“The National Body Repair Association (NBRA) has been focusing heavily on protecting member’s interests related to data security within bodyshops over the past 12 months,” comments Jason Moseley, NBRA Director.

Working with the ICO, the NBRA has been seeking to uncover the illegal activity of unauthorized access of a body shops customer’s data.

Moseley

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KPMG Project Nearly 50% Decline in OEM Collision Repair Parts Business by 2030

Industry News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:35am
According to report, autonomous vehicles and crash avoidance technologies will shrink collision repair volume.

According to a new report from the KPMG U.S. Manufacturing Institute Automotive Center, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will see a substantial, 48 percent, decrease in their collision repair parts business as a result of self-driving cars.  KPMG projects that OEM collision repair revenue, which it pegs at $5.6 billion in 2015, could drop to $2.7 billion by 2030 and dwindle to $1.4 billion by 2040.

The new report, Will autonomous vehicles put the brakes on the collision parts business?, notes that despite accounting for less

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PartsTrader Announces Integration with OnPart

Industry News - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 10:00am
Integration designed to help part suppliers speed quotes to their collision repair customers.

OnPart’s new PartsTrader Integration is now available for dealers, aftermarket suppliers and recyclers selling collision repair parts.  With the ability to seamlessly integrate a supplier’s inventory, the parts sales team is more responsive to customers and can deliver significantly more quotes in the same amount of time. Suppliers using the new OnPart integration can now respond to quote requests in a fraction of the time, creating more opportunities for the parts team to close more sales.

Users of the integration can work within the PartsTrader platform with

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Safelite Opens Five New Locations in Atlanta

Industry News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:02pm
Brings total number of facilities in Atlanta market to 12.

Safelite AutoGlass announced it is expanding with a new, second warehouse and four new retail locations to better serve customers in the Atlanta, Ga. market. The additional stores brings the number of retail service facilities in the area to 12. The newest locations include:

  • 6730 Oakley Industrial Blvd., Union City (both a retail store and warehouse location open for business)
  • 40 S. Morningside Dr., Cartersville (open for business)
  • 1739 Buford Hwy., Buford (scheduled to open for business first week of June)
  • 420 Thornton Rd., Suite 104, Lithia Springs (scheduled to
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Assured Performance Announces Complete Coverage of Major Metropolitan and Micropolitan Markets

Industry News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:59am

Assured Performance, the largest Certified Collision Repair Network in the world, announced today that its OEM-Certified Collision Care Provider Network has achieved 100 percent coverage in all Metropolitan and Micropolitan markets in the United States.

Assured Performance utilizes an approach which focuses on U.S. Census Bureau statistics and the units in operation (UIO) for their strategic Auto Manufacturing partners to target all markets with at least one Certified Collision Care Provider.

 “Assured Performance has gone to great lengths to ensure consumers have a OEM Certified Collision Care provider choice in all major markets. This allows the appropriate Customer Care and

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Farmers Insurance Opens of New Phoenix Office

Industry News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:54am

Farmers Insurance announced the grand opening of its new North Phoenix regional office located at the corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and Interstate 17. The 150,000 square-foot facility will house upwards of 1,000 employees as the insurer group seeks to hire 400 new staff in Phoenix this year.

Farmers first announced plans to construct and staff the new office in spring of 2016, and has since hired hundreds of new customer service representatives and in-office auto claims adjusters to support growth and further enhance the customer experience for its customers across the country.

“Farmers has a proud history in Arizona

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AASP-MN Awards Scholarships

Industry News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:48am

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) announced scholarship awards totaling $18,000 to help automotive service and collision repair students pay for tuition and tools during the 2017-18 school year.  The scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 per student and were made possible by a successful fundraising drive within the AASP-MN membership, as well as a generous donation from the Minnesota State I-CAR Committee. 

Twenty college students from nine schools submitted scholarship applications. This year also marked the first time that AASP-MN opened the scholarships to high school students entering their first year of a 2-year NATEF-certified

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Alamo Body and Paint Acquires Second Location in Texas

Industry News - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:46am

Alamo Body and Paint, LLC, will open its second location in Schertz, Texas, on May 22, with the acquisition of Auto Collision Works.

“We are excited to be adding a second location. We look forward to serving the Schertz market and are committed to continuing Auto Collision Works’ tradition of exceptional customer service and quality repair work,” said Mark Fuller, CEO of Alamo Body and Paint.

Previously, Auto Collision Works and its sister company, Schertz Auto Service, a full-service mechanical repair facility, were co-located at 1205 Borgfeld Road. With the sale of the collision business, Schertz Auto Service will move

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New FTC Website Helps Small Businesses Avoid Scams and Cyber Attacks

Industry News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:49am
Agency provides information on how small businesses can protect themselves.

With the weekend news headlines of a massive ransomware cyber-attack affecting businesses across the world, concerns over computer security issues has never been higher.

Recently, at the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and other threats.

 “Small businesses are critical to our economic strength, building America’s future, and helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace,” Acting Chairman Ohlhausen

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J.D. Power Reports Canadian Auto Insurance Customer Satisfaction Climbs Despite Premium Increases

Industry News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:39am
The Co-operators Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Alberta, Atlantic and Ontario Regions; Industrial Alliance Ranks Highest in Quebec

Customer satisfaction with auto insurance in Canada increases for the second consecutive year despite nationwide premium increases, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Canadian Auto Insurance Satisfaction Study, released today.

 “It does seem counterintuitive to see customer satisfaction increase as premiums rise, but customers are content to pay more when they believe they’re getting value for their money,” said Valerie Monet, senior director of the insurance practice at J.D. Power. “While low prices can be effective at getting new customers in

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