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Registration Open for 2017 CIECA Symposium

Industry News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:52am

Registration for the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) 9th Annual Conference is now open and available online.

The event takes place September 18-20 at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in Cleveland, Ohio

The annual CIECA Implementation Conference is the only industry event where business and technical personnel involved with application systems can get the knowledge they need to implement effective strategic and tactical plans for integrating the CIECA standards and improving their application processing.

Early Bird registration ends on August 25.

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Christen Battaglia Named Director of Strategic Partnerships at Collision Repair Education Foundation

Industry News - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:38am

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced that Christen Battaglia has joined the Foundation as Director of Strategic Partnerships. Battaglia, who reports to Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of CREF, will assist in growing the organization’s financial supporters and assist the organization in ensuring high school and college collision programs are fully engaged with support opportunities.

Over the past several years, CREF has evolved from securing and distributing industry support for high school and college collision programs to connecting students with industry employers. With the addition of Battaglia, the Foundation can better work towards addressing the industry’s critical issue of recruiting for

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TechnaGlass Opens New Denver Location in Big O Tires

Industry News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:50am

TechnaGlass announced it has partnered with Big O Tires to open a new retail location at 840 W Hampden Ave Englewood, Colo.

TechnaGlass now has four greater Denver locations, along with its fleet of mobile technicians across the larger Denver-metro area. 

 “TechnaGlass is excited to open a new store in Englewood, Colorado with our partner Big O Tires and we look forward to earning the business of our new neighbors while providing great value and exceptional customer service,” said Troy Mason, CEO of TechnaGlass.

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ATMC Calls for Award Submissions

Industry News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:41am

The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) is calling for submissions for its 2017 National Excellence in Training Awards. In what has become an annual tradition, ATMC recognizes effective or innovative training programs for the Automotive and Truck service sectors. The awards highlight the importance of training to the success of the industry. 

Three awards will be given, including an overall Grand Award, to programs that meet or exceed a prescribed level of excellence. An ATMC panel will judge all submissions based on several criteria. Awards will be presented at the ATMC reception on November 1, 2017, during Industry Week in

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Electric Vehicles Reach 2 Million Cars On Roads Globally in 2016

Industry News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:38am
China was the largest EV market in 2016, accounting for more than 40 percent of new sales globally. 160,000 EVs sold in U.S. in 2016

The number of electric cars on the roads around the world rose to 2 million in 2016, following a year of strong growth in 2015, according to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook. Even with the growth, however, electric vehicles only made up 0.2 percent of total passenger light-duty vehicles in circulation in 2016. 

China remained the largest market in 2016, accounting for more than 40 percent of the electric cars

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More Raids in UK Investigation into Collision Repair Center Data Theft

Industry News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:27am
Investigation continues into theft of body repair customer information from computer systems.

More homes in the United Kingdom have been searched as part of an ongoing investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into the theft of customer data from collision repair centers. The investigation relates to nuisance calls that encourage people to make personal injury claims about road traffic accidents being linked to the theft of data from the repair centers.

The ICO executed two search warrants this week – one in Gatley, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday and the other in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on Thursday.

Computers and phones were

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NICB Releases 2016 Hot Spots Vehicle Theft Report

Industry News - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:16am
Anchorage, Alaska and Billings, Mont. Metro Areas Make First-Time Appearance in Top 10

The Albuquerque, N.M. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) had the highest per capita auto theft rate in 2016 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest Hot Spots report.

Hot Spots examines vehicle theft data obtained from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for each of the nation’s MSAs. MSAs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and often include areas much larger than the cities for which they are named. For example, this year’s number one spot, the Albuquerque, N.M. MSA, includes all

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IAA Opens New Portland, Oregon Branch

Industry News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:18am

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services (NYSE:KAR) announced the grand opening of IAA Portland West, its newest branch in Portland, Ore. This marks IAA’s third facility in the state, with additional branches in Portland and Eugene. This new facility expands the overall capacity needed for this marketplace by nearly fifteen percent.

“Increasing our presence in this growing market demonstrates IAA’s commitment to meet the expanding inventory needs of our buyers and sellers.” said John Kett, CEO and president, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. “We continuously evaluate opportunities in strategic locations and add resources and capacity

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Axalta Acquires Swiss Spies Hecker Distributor

Industry News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:12am

Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE:AXTA) announced it has signed an agreement to acquire CH Coatings AG, an importer and distributor throughout Switzerland of Spies Hecker, one of Axalta’s refinish brands, in addition to Axalta’s line of industrial coatings and powder coatings.

“CH Coatings has been successfully operating throughout Switzerland for many years and, like Axalta, always puts customers at the centre of its focus. With a team that has many years of experience in the refinish, commercial vehicle, and industrial coatings sector, CH Coatings has an in-depth understanding of the Swiss market and expert technical know-how,” says Adrien Schrobiltgen, Axalta’s Vice

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Traffic Volume Up 0.8% in March

Industry News - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 8:00am
Blizzard in Northeast led to decline in traffic for the month in the region. Other regions see increases.

Travel data in March continued the trend of increased driving that has led to the growth in both auto physical damage insurance claims and collision repair industry volume across the U.S. Travel for the month of March is estimated at 272 billion vehicle miles nationwide according to the most recent data released by the Federal Highway Administration.

March’s traffic volume represents an increase of just 0.8 percent or 2.2 billion vehicle miles over March 2016.

Through the first three months of 2017,

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Mitchell Clarifies Collision Repair Labor Times Do Not Include Diagnostic Scanning

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 1:51pm

Mitchell announced two enhancements to its collision repair estimating solutions to clarify issues related to scanning and diagnostics.

The first enhancement clarifies that the stated labor times in Mitchell Estimating do not include labor time specifically related to diagnostic scanning. The current release of the Mitchell Estimating solution will include updated Procedure Pages noting that labor times do not include:

  • Time required to aim, calibrate, diagnose, re-set or scan electrical items.
  • Time required to perform pre-repair and post-repair scan operations.
  • The time required for these procedures is in addition to the stated labor times.

 “We are committed to providing the

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Auto Care Association and Coalition for Auto Repair Equality Concerned Vehicle Manufacturers Will Comply with Massachusetts Right to Repair Act

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:49am
Expanded Model Year 2018 requirements include OEM diagnostic and repair software access using industry standard interfaces.

The Auto Care Association and Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) are concerned that all vehicle manufacturers will be in compliance with new Right to Repair requirements that will take effect for 2018 and later model year vehicles in Massachusetts. The statement came at a hearing being held at the Massachusetts State House by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

A bill before the committee, House Bill 2784, seeks to authorize an investigation  by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business

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Sherwin-Williams Release Third Quarter Training Schedule

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:27am

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes released its third quarter 2017 training schedule outlining the courses taking place nationwide at training sites from July 11 through September 21, 2017.

The series is designed to develop and enhance the skills of participants across a variety of courses, from Painter Certification to Color Adjustment and Blending. These courses address key topics, trends and challenges faced by technicians in a quickly changing workplace. To accommodate various learning styles, courses are offered in a combination of classroom, digital and hands-on settings at various metropolitan Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes training centers.

“Successful careers in this industry are built on

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PPG MVP Business Solutions Group Video Examines OEM Collision Repair Procedures, Diagnostics

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:17am

The 2017 PPG MVP Conference featured a panel discussion in which representatives from Audi, Toyota, Mazda and Collision Diagnostic Services (asTech) discussed their positions on OE repair procedures, system diagnostics, and recalibration.

 

In the video above you’ll hear from the experts as they take a deeper dive into the hundreds of onboard systems on today’s vehicles, any of which can be affected by a collision, including the repair process itself. Watch as this distinguished panel fields tough questions from some of the highest performing collision repair shops in the country.

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OEConnection Holdings Acquires UK-Based OEM Data Firm

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:14am

OEConnection Holdings, LLC announced today that it is acquiring Clifford Thames Group, a leader in automotive data creation and management.

Headquartered in Chelmsford, England with offices in Detroit, Michigan; Melbourne, Australia; Krakow, Poland; Bonn, Germany; Paris, France; and Chennai, India, Clifford Thames (CT) creates and manages the data needed to repair and maintain vehicles for manufacturers, repairers, leasing and fleet companies, and their partners.  CT works with many of the leading auto manufacturers around the world.

“CT provides a significant platform to drive global growth for our overall business,” remarked Chuck Rotuno, Chairman & CEO of OEConnection Holdings.  “We look

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Blackhawk Partners with 1Collision Network

Industry News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:58am

Blackhawk, the collision repair equipment manufacturer, has been designated as a strategic partner by the 1Collision Network. With this designation, Blackhawk collision equipment products are a recommended choice for 1Collision Network body shop partner locations across the country.

“We want to thank the 1Collision Network for choosing Blackhawk as a preferred provider of products for collision equipment,” said David Zinkiewicz, product manager for Blackhawk. “The 1Collision Network is one of the nation’s premier providers of auto body and collision repair services and we are honored to be a strategic partner and part of their growing network.”

In addition to Blackhawk

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Thatcham Calls on Vehicle Manufacturers to Engage with Repair Industry to Address “Spiraling Cost of Repair”

Industry News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:07pm
According to the UK-Based Insurance Research body, average repair bills have increased by 32% over the last three years due to increasingly complex repairs.

Thatcham Research is today delivering a call to action for vehicle manufacturers to urgently engage with the repair industry to halt spiraling costs. According to Thatcham, the motor insurer’s automotive research center in the United Kingdom, the average repair bill has risen by nearly 32 percent in the last three years to £1,678 ($2164), and concerns are mounting around core repair challenges encompassing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), new materials and a lack of skills.

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CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Seattle

Industry News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:53am

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the opening of CARSTAR ARA Collision Seattle at 946 N. 127th St., Seattle, WA 98133.  The CARSTAR location is co-owned by CARSTAR multi-store franchise owners Kevin Parsons and Jeff Middleton.

 “We are thrilled to be opening our second CARSTAR location together,” said co-owner Parsons.  “Jeff Middleton and I began our partnership in 2014 with a store in Kirkland and now we have expanded to a store together in Seattle.  We have been opened for business since May 1 and it’s doing very well.  The community has welcomed us and we are excited to provide

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BASF’s VisionPLUS Performance Group Participation Approved for I-CAR Credit

Industry News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:50am

BASF’s VisionPLUS Performance Group program is now I-CAR–approved. In 2017, each Performance Group member will receive seven I-CAR Platinum points for meetings they attend, helping them maintain I-CAR Platinum status each year.

“Our Performance Group community is growing and getting stronger each year,” said Craig Seelinger, BASF VisionPLUS Program Manager. “We continuously strive to develop the best-performing and most profitable collision shops in the country, and this first-in-the-industry approval from I-CAR demonstrates the value these meetings bring to BASF customers.”

Performance Group bembers meet several times a year to discuss current industry issues, best-practices, profit improvement and insurance relations.

 “BASF

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Insurance Association Concerned with Mississippi AG’s Consumer Guide to Insurance and Auto Body Repair Misleads Customers

Industry News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:44am
Property Casualty Insurers Association concerned language on replacement parts in guide may confuse consumers and collision repair shops.

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is concerned that the Consumer Guide to Insurance and Auto Body Repair released on May 25 by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood may confuse and mislead both consumers and collision repair facilities.

In a statement released in response to the publication of the guide, Joe Woods, vice president, state government relations for PCI said, “While PCI generally appreciates all efforts to educate consumers on auto body repairs, we are disappointed with the Consumer Guide

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