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AkzoNobel and HELLA S.A. Introduce Wanda Brand in Spain

Industry News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:03pm

AkzoNobel announced it is introducing of its vehicle refinishes brand Wanda in Europe through it’s long-term partner HELLA S.A. Spain is the first European country to see the launch of Wanda and will be introduced in other European countries starting next year.

“As part of the AkzoNobel high-performing product family, Wanda draws on world-leading expertise in digital color technology,” says Ed Hilborne , AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes Mid-Market Segment Manager. “Wanda users will be able to measure and match color precisely and quickly, thanks to our Automatchic Vision hand-held spectrophotometer and MIXIT color retrieval system. These tools are fundamental to AkzoNobel’s

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Kent Automotive Launches Mobile App for Cost Recovery

Industry News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:57am

Kent Automotive, a division of Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAWS) announced the release of a mobile app to make repair parts tracking and cost recovery easier and faster for collision repair centers.

Kent Automotive’s PROS Profit Enhancement Tool app is available for download at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

The PROS mobile app allows users to create complete and accurate invoices directly from their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The app allows technicians to scan product bar codes with their phones, which automatically enters the items in an invoice. PROS’ dynamic database of thousands of repair supplies ensures more

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Consumer Confidence Surges in October

Industry News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:47am
Only second time University of Michigan index has been above 100 since the 1990s.

Consumer sentiment surged in October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

This was only the second time that the Sentiment Index was above 100.0 since the end of the record 1990s expansion. The October gain was due to the most favorable assessments of the financial situation of consumers since 2000, said U-M economist Richard Curtin, director of the surveys.

The Consumer Sentiment Index was 100.7 in the October 2017 survey, up from 95.1 in

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3M to Auction Custom Painted Hoods at SEMA to Benefit Hire Our Heroes Scholarship Program

Industry News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:54am

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, are auctioning off custom-painted hoods designed by leading painters from around the world to benefit the 3M Hire our Heroes program. The auction began Friday, Oct. 27 and will run through the SEMA show in Las Vegas, which concludes Nov. 3.

Bids on the hoods may be placed online at the 3M PPS Hood Auction Site.

The hoods were created during the 2017 3M PPS World Cup, held in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit this summer.  3M invited leading automotive painters from around the world to come to Detroit and participate.  They demonstrated their painting skills with the latest 3M solutions for vehicle painting, including the 3M PPS Series 2.0 Spray Cup System.

Participating painters included:

  • Pablo Prado, KandynChrome, USA
  • Jacob Miles, Milestone Paint & Body, USA
  • Connie Manjavinos, PassionateInk, USA
  • Clay Hoberecht, Best Body Shop, USA
  • Danny Schramm, SchrammWerk, Germany
  • Christian Wilke, Lackabilly, Germany
  • Carmine De Maria, C.A.D. Custom, Australia
  • Shane Wanjon, Exclusive Image Paint and Body, USA
  • Justin Jimmo, Refinish Network, Canada
  • Carl-André Giroux, Canada
  • Ryan “Ryno” Templeton, Blasted by Ryno, USA

The painters from the U.S., Canada, Germany and Australia will join on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. for a reunion at the 3M D.E.M.O trailer located in the Outside Front Lot at SEMA

The painters designed and painted the hoods to reflect their perspective on classic car culture.  Also included in the auction are four patriotic themed hoods created by Ryan “Ryno” Templeton.

These hoods will all be auctioned to benefit the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which since 2013 has raised more than $825,000 for scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants, and many have graduated from school and are working in the collision repair industry.

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Mitchell Adds Access to Real-Time VIN-Specific Recall Data

Industry News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:43am
Mazda first to provide VIN-specific OEM recall notices through Mitchell’s estimating solutions

Mitchell announced it has now integrated VIN-specific recall notices into its estimating solutions providing real-time recall data directly from the manufacturer when the VIN is decoded.

Debbie Day, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Auto Physical Damage for Mitchell, says, “It is estimated that tens of millions of vehicles on the road today currently have open recalls and there are many reasons why vehicle owners might not be aware that the vehicle they are driving has a safety system recall. As part of our commitment to proper and

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CCC Introduces Collision Repair Diagnostic Scanning Interface

Industry News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:30am
CCC Diagnostics will enable diagnostics providers to integrate scanning results into its existing workflow tools used by repair shops and insurers

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced today it will provide an interface into its CCC ONE Platform to enable any vehicle diagnostics provider to share scanning results with repair shops and insurers who use CCC repair workflow tools.  CCC Diagnostics is designed to be a first-of-its-kind solution that paves the way for repair shops to easily access their preferred diagnostics solution within CCC’s software at no extra charge and already has the support of leading diagnostics providers to the

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Collision Industry Foundation Applauds Efforts to Assist High School after Hurricane Harvey

Industry News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:20am

The Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) announced that along with its current relief efforts focused on industry professionals of all recent natural disasters , there is a special gesture that has taken place for Houston’s Kingwood Park High School’s Auto Collision program, as well as for their instructor Jeff Wilson and his family.

Dedoes Industries LLC, Mettler Toledo, DeVilbiss, and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Refinishes stepped up in a big way to assist the school, while Frank LaViola of Paul Davis Restoration in Texas helped Wilson personally with his home damage and restoration.

Jeff Wilson, the Career & Technology Education department chair and

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Fix Auto USA Adds Two Collision Repair Centers to Network in California

Industry News - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:13am

Fix Auto USA announced the addition of two California locations, bringing the total number of Fix Auto franchise locations to 119 in the US.

Fix Auto Santa Maria, the first location in California’s Central Coast is owned and operated by Hector Paz.

 “It’s truly an honor to have received and accepted an invitation to join such an elite organization,” stated Fix Auto Santa Maria Owner-Operator Hector Paz. “Now, I have the best of both worlds: my shop remains locally owned and operated by my family and I have the support of a national brand that will allow me to thrive

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Copart Expands in Memphis

Industry News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:06pm

Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) announced the recent 19-acre expansion of its Memphis, Tenn. location at 5545 Swinnea Road.

“This year, we’ve announced an unprecedented number of land expansions,” said Copart CEO Jay Adair. “With existing locations and operations around the nation, these expansions allow us to continue to efficiently meet the total loss demands of our insurance customers. Our Memphis expansion is no exception.”

The Memphis location holds online car auctions on Thursdays at noon CT. Currently, nearly 2,000 vehicles are up for bid at this location

“We are encouraged by the growth in business here in Memphis,” said Copart Memphis

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I-CAR Launches 13 Electrical and Diagnostic Courses

Industry News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:03pm

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) today launched 13 new courses as additions to its Electrical & Diagnostic curriculum. These courses were developed in response to the collision repair industry’s need to understand both the why and the how of diagnostics.

As the technology in vehicles has increased, identifying the required repair has become more complex. Modern diagnostic tools help but technicians still need training to know when and how to use them. And, with potentially as many as 100 diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), understanding the information that is related to the current repair requires up-to-date knowledge and

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American Honda Selects CCC as Collision Repair Parts E-commerce Provider 

Industry News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:58am

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced today that American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has selected the CCC Parts technology as its collision repair parts e-commerce solution for the company and in support of their dealers in the United States. According to the company, in-market testing of CCC Parts with Honda and Acura dealerships resulted in strong increases in OE collision repair parts sales.

CCC Parts is an e-commerce solution that makes it easy for dealers and repairers to present, sell, and source parts as repair estimates are being written within CCC ONE, reaching thousands of collision repairers every day.

“Honda

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AkzoNobel and Axalta Confirm Merger Discussions

Industry News - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:54am
Following press reports on Friday and over the weekend, the coatings manufacturers confirmed they have had discussions on a potential merger of equals

AkzoNobel and Axalta Coating Systems confirmed today that they have engaged in discussions about a possible merger of the two global coatings companies. On Friday afternoon, Reuters reported that unnamed sources indicated that the Netherlands-based AkzoNobel and the Philadelphia, Pa.-based Axalta had started to have conversations exploring the merger of the two coatings businesses.

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal also published an article, again quoting unnamed sources, that the two coatings manufacturers were engaged in

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UTI to Open Campus in New Jersey in Fall 2018

Industry News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:08am
New campus will offer automotive and diesel training in New York City metropolitan area.

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) plans to open a new campus in Bloomfield, New Jersey, in fall 2018. The new location underscores UTI’s commitment to providing more students with convenient and affordable training and more skilled technicians to its industry partners. The campus marks the company’s first entry into the New York metro area, its thirteenth campus nationwide and its third smaller-format campus.

The New Jersey campus is part of UTI’s strategy to develop smaller, commuter-friendly campuses in high-demand markets, and will be patterned on

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AASP-MN Delivered Information for OSHA and ADA Compliance at October Workshop

Industry News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:05am

On October 10, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) hosted a free OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation Workshop at Lake Superior College, Duluth.  The workshop, “Hazard Communication and MN Employee Right-to-Know for Auto Shops,” was presented by Safety Consultant, Ben Wood. 

The session covered mandatory requirements for Hazard Communication and Employee Right-to-Know (ERTK) programs and the training applicable to the automotive industry.  Attendees also received a template for developing written Hazard Communication and ERTK programs on their own.

In response to a recent surge in “nuisance” lawsuits in Minnesota targeting businesses for not removing physical access barriers as

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Most Influential Women Nominations Open November 1

Industry News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:59am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced that nominations for the prestigious Most Influential Women (MIW) awards will open on Wednesday, November 1, and will be accepted through Monday, January 15, 2018. The winners will be recognized at a gala held during the 2018 WIN Educational Conference, May 7-9, 2018 in Indianapolis, Ind.  Nominations of women working in any segment of the collision repair industry across the United States and Canada are welcomed.

More information and a nomination form is available online.

Once again, WIN has retained an independent consultant to interview those who have been nominated for the award and

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Insurance Auto Auctions’ Kett Elected to SkillsUSA National Board of Directors

Industry News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:46am

SkillsUSA announced the election of John W. Kett, CEO and president of Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. (IAA), a business unit of auction giant KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE:KAR) to the SkillsUSA national board of directors. The SkillsUSA board of directors made Kett’s appointment official at its recent meeting in Alexandria, Va.

(L to R): Brent Kindred, president of the SkillsUSA Board of Directors; John W. Kett, president & CEO, Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA); Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director on the occasion of Kett being awarded the Pat Dalton Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. Kett has been elected to serve on

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October New Vehicle Retail Sales Pace Remains Strong Due to Hurricane Recovery

Industry News - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:42am
While strong, J.D. Power and LMC Automotive project that new vehicle sales will be down in October from year-ago levels.

The new vehicle retail sales pace in October is expected to reach the second-highest level this year, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.  The seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) for retail sales is expected to be 14.2 million units, down 0.3 million from a year ago. Retail sales in October are anticipated to reach 1,070,900 units, a 0.6 percent decrease (selling day adjusted) compared with October 2016.

 “Recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continue

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Five Las Vegas Families to Receive Car Donations at National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Presentation

Industry News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 9:44am

Jorge Hernandez had lost all hope, all dreams, both legs, and use of his hands in a near-death accident. He had been a natural athlete in high school who also found success in business early. He was well on his way to his goal to become a real estate investor. Then the market crashed and so did he, spiraling down an unhealthy lifestyle which culminated in an accident in which a friend fell asleep at the wheel.

Hernandez is one of five individuals and families in Las Vegas who are overcoming life challenges and who have been selected to receive

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FCA US and CCC Share Recall Data with Collision Repair Facilities

Industry News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 9:40am
Collision repairers receive automatic alert as they write estimates for affected vehicles. More than 50,000 affected FCA vehicles already identified

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) and FCA US LLC (FCA) announced today they are working together to address vehicle safety, creating a new method for FCA US to identify recalled vehicles and help collision repairers notify affected vehicle owners so necessary repairs may be expedited.

FCA US is sharing its Takata airbag recall data with the CCC ONE platform, which alerts collision repair providers when the vehicle they’re servicing is part of a manufacturer recall. If an open recall is

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AASP/NJ Elects New Officers

Industry News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 9:38am

On Tuesday, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) elected a new slate of officers at the association’s Annual Meeting. Running unopposed, Jerry McNee of Ultimate Collision (Edison) was elected as President, Dennis Cataldo of D & M Auto Body (Old Bridge) was elected Collision Chairman and Keith Krehel of Krehel Automotive Repair (Clifton) maintains his position as Mechanical Chairman.

AASP/NJ’s new slate of officers (left to right) Billy Aiello, Sam Mikhail, Gary Gardella Jr., Keith Krehel, Dennis Cataldo, Jerry McNee and Joe Amato

AASP/NJ also re-elected Sam Mikhail of Prestige Auto Body (Garwood), Ted Rainer of

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