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American and European Motor Vehicle Parts Suppliers Call for Free Trade and Harmonized Standards

Industry News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:22am
MEMA and CLEPA call for US and EU to harmonize vehicle safety and emission regulations

In a joint statement released October 11, the U.S.-based Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) voiced support for free and fair trade, access to raw and finished materials, and harmonized safety and environmental standards that will allow motor vehicle parts manufacturers to remain competitive in a global marketplace.

 “Suppliers need open, free and fair trade for access to raw materials, finished components, and customers,” the statement says. “Illegal regional or national subsidies on goods or production, restrictive

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California Man Sentenced To Prison For Selling Counterfeit Airbags

Industry News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:12am

Vitaliy Fedorchuk, 28, of Antelope, Calif., was sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to one year and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine for an international scheme to sell counterfeit airbags via eBay and other internet sales sites, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between June 23, 2014, and July 27, 2016, Fedorchuk offered for sale airbag modules, covers, and manufacturer emblems at his eBay online store, redbarnautoparts. Fedorchuk falsely advertised that the counterfeit airbags were original equipment from major automobile manufacturers such as Honda, Fiat, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, GMC

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AutoClaims Direct Launches Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Division

Industry News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:07am

AutoClaims Direct, (ACD) announced the launch of acdcorp.ai, a labs division within the company focused on rapid development and deployment of machine learning and computer vision for the auto claims industry.

“Our industry leading technology provides one unified platform for multi-channel inspections including mobile self-service claims, virtual processing, field networks, collision repair and salvage. By leveraging data, workflow optimization and over tens of millions of images, we are able to harness the power of machine learning to streamline the auto claims process,” stated ACD’s CEO Ernie Bray.

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CARSTAR Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Kentucky

Industry News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:03am

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced the opening of CARSTAR South Broadway at 422 Angliana Ave, Lexington, Ky., owned by Kevin Rains. The collision repair center is Rains’ third CARSTAR facility.

Rains other two CARSTAR locations are CARSTAR West Chester in West Chester, Ohio, and CARSTAR Center City in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was recently named the CARSTAR Rookie of the Year for the United States at the recent CARSTAR Conference.

 “Kevin Rains has been a tremendous new member of the CARSTAR family.  We are proud of his performance and growth since he joined CARSTAR at the beginning of the year,”

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Collision Repair Industry Production Remains at Record Levels Through July

Industry News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:00am
For the fourth consecutive month, the collision repair industry in July achieved record levels of production.

An analysis of the latest data released from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), shows that total production for the collision repair industry in July remained at record levels.

The industry’s total production, which we define as the total average weekly hours per month multiplied by the total number of production and non-supervisory workers employed each month, was 7.76 million man hours per week in July, even with June’s result.

Comparing the year-over-year results shows that production in July was

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Automotive Parts Impacted by Kobe Steel Quality Scandal

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:05pm

On Sunday, Kobe Steel, Ltd. announced it has discovered that data inspection certificates had been falsified in its aluminum and copper business and products were shipped to customers, including vehicle manufacturers, to indicate they had met specifications. Today, the company announced that steel power products were also affected.

This incident of improper conduct came to light following self-inspections and emergency quality audits of the compliance status of contracts executed as to products shipped over the past year.

Products initially discovered include aluminum flat-rolled products, aluminum extrusions, copper strips, copper tubes, and aluminum castings and forgings that were shipped to customers

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Small Business Optimism Declines in September

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:44am
National Federation of Independent Business index declines due to drop in sales expectations.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism tumbled in September from 105.3 to 103 led by a steep drop in sales expectations, not just in hurricane-affected states, but across the country.

 “The temptation is to blame the decline on the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, but that is not consistent with our data,” said Juanita Duggan, NFIB President and CEO. “Small business owners across the country were measurably less enthusiastic last month.”

The number of small business owners who expected better sales

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Former Ford Executive Paul Massie Appointed VP Network Management at Assured Performance

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:37am

The Assured Performance Network announced that Paul Massie has been appointed Vice President Network Management and Integration for Assured Performance.  Following his retirement after a 34-year career with Ford, Massie will be returning to the collision repair industry to help shepherd the introduction, use, and expansion of Assured Performance’s Certified Network Management systems.   In his new position, he will assist existing and new strategic partners to leverage the turnkey systems and network management solutions developed by Assured Performance. 

Massie comes to Assured Performance as Ford’s US Quick Lane Manager where he developed and led efforts to grow the Quick Lane

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Fix Auto Canada Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Alberta

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:31am

Fix Auto Canada announced an addition to its collision repair network in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The community is a growing prairie city located about 70 km. south of Edmonton.

The collision repair facility, owned by Ed and Judy Curtis and managed by their daughter Laura Filgate, has been serving customers at its current location since 2002.  The family has 60 years of experience in the collision repair industry, with 25 of those years as shop owners. 

“We are happy to be partnering with a strong national brand that prides itself on professionalism, which is extremely important to us,” said Filgate.

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Auto Care Association, ETI Support Data Access Amendments to Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:25am

The Auto Care Association and the Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) have announced support for the vehicle data access and control amendment that was included in the U.S. Senate Bill 1885 (S1885), the “American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies” (AV START) Act.

The amendment sponsored by Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., requires that the Department of Transportation convene a federal advisory committee comprised of stakeholders to provide recommendations to Congress “…with respect to the ownership of, control of, or access to, information or data that vehicles collect, generate, record, or store in an electronic form that is

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Greg Olsen Named Material Damage Manager at IAnet

Industry News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:02am

IAnet announced that Greg Olsen has joined the team as Material Damage Manager.  Greg will lead the team of 17 I-CAR Platinum trained Material Damage Auditors responsible for IAnet’s AccuracyAudit service. 

Within two hours of receiving an appraisal from its national footprint of independent appraisers, the material damage auditor completes a review of the completed estimate.

IAnet President and CEO John Donley said, “Greg has exceptional expertise in the collision repair and property-casualty insurance.  The market is changing and having Greg on board will help us in advancing excellence and creating new services for the industry.”

Olsen comes to IAnet

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Fatal Crashes in the U.S. Up 5.6% in 2016

Industry News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:23am
Fatality rate at highest level since 2008. Distracted driving down, speeding and drunk driving increase.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released fatal traffic crash data for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA data, which was collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.

The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and resulted in a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT – a 2.6-percent increase

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Copart Expands Reno, Nevada Location

Industry News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:06am

Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) announced the recent expansion of its Reno, Nevada location, one of more than 200 globally.

“The Western region of the United States is an area where total loss volume continues to grow,” said Copart CEO Jay Adair. “With land and operations already in Reno, it made sense to augment our existing location there to further satisfy the needs of our sellers.”

The Reno, Nevada location at 9915 North Virginia Street holds online vehicle auctions on Thursdays at noon PT.

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HD Repair Forum Announces Advisory Board for 2017-2018

Industry News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:03am

The HD Repair Forum conference, the exclusive meeting for leadership in the heavy duty collision repair industry, announces its 2017 – 2018 Advisory Board following a meeting of industry executives, educators, and consultants. This year’s Advisory Board members include:

  • Chris Sterwerf, Fairfield Auto & Truck Service, CFO/COO
  • Howard Elsenpeter, Hoglund Body & Equipment, Body Shop Manager
  • Dean Hancock, Bob Johnson’s Truck & Body, Owner
  • James Svaasand, Penske, Vice President-Collision Repair Ops & Dev
  • John Mueller, DCI Fleet, Director
  • Steve Wolfe, Diversified Body & Paint, President
  • Jason Shesky, Truck Zone, President
  • Ed Rietman, K&R Truck Sales, Inc., Owner
  • Rodney Rowland, Lakeside
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Women’s Industry Network Launches 2018 Sponsorship Campaign 

Industry News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:54am

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) announced it launched its 2017/18 Sponsorship Campaign on October 2, and it runs through January 15, 2018. 

Petra Schroeder, WIN Chair and Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, commented on the importance of industry sponsorship stating, “As an all-volunteer non-profit network, WIN’s growth, presence and effectiveness is directly reliant upon its membership, its engaged volunteers and its sponsors across all industry segments. We are grateful for the confidence and support the collision repair industry has shown. We look forward to cultivating repeat sponsorships but to also seeking new sponsor relationships this year.”

Corporate Sponsorships are currently

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AASP/NJ Webinar Detailed OSHA Inspection Issues for Members

Industry News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:48am

On Thursday, October 5, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), in conjunction with American Compliance (ACS), provided members with a free, one-hour webinar, detailing what OSHA has been looking for, and ways to prevent thousands of dollars in fines.

According to AASP/NJ, recently, local body shops have seen a dramatic increase in OSHA inspections due to a National Emphasis Program (NEP) that has been targeting auto body shops. Under the NEP, OSHA area offices are mandated to conduct inspections, often fining shops anywhere from $10,000-$40,000.

“We’ve noticed many of our members being hit with pretty large

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National Auto Body Council Adds Member Shop Locator, Calendar to Enhanced Website

Industry News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:45am

The National Auto Body Council announces the launch of its newly revamped website designed to provide members and visitors with additional functionality, easier navigation to sign up and find resources to implement NABC’s life-changing and life-saving community service programs.

“Our website has always been an important way for us to share information and showcase how NABC members and collision industry professionals are changing and saving lives across the country,” said Domenic Brusco, NABC Board Chairman and Sr. Manager, Industry Relations at PPG.  “We invite our members and the public to visit our new site, explore and learn more about our

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BumperDoc Brooklyn Expanding into Queens, NY with a Second Location

Industry News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:34am

BumperDoc Brooklyn is expanding in New York with a second location opening soon in Queens at 72-45 51st St. Flushing, New York. This is the second co-branded location partnered with Ideal Auto Finance and Lease in the New York area.

“We are happy to have found a great location for our second auto body shop in New York.” states General Manager Nick Shi.

Originally founded in 1998 under the name Creative Touch-Up, BumperDoc has since grown to serve customers in California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida and New York through its franchise network.

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Fix Auto Adds Collision Repair Center to Network in Australia

Industry News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:28am

Fix Auto Australia announced that Fix Auto Wangara, owned and operated by Andy Allen in Western Australia, is the latest shop to join the Australian Fix Auto network, effective October 4.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Andy Allen relocated to Australia in the early 1990s, after marrying wife Gail, whom he met when they both worked in a dealership panel shop.

 “That’s when the panel industry changed a lot for me. I went from working for wages to being a sub-contractor leasing the paint shop, being responsible for the painting and the training and wages of an apprentice”, remembers Allen.

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Karl Kirschenman Joins Spanesi Americas as Director of Communication and Technology

Industry News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:23am

Spanesi Americas, announced the appointment of Karl Kirschenman as its new Director of Communications and Technology. A graduate from Northern Arizona University, Kirschenman holds a Bachelor degree in Communication and brings over 20 years of collision industry knowledge to Spanesi Americas. Kirschenman has extensive experience within the collision repair industry, which includes holding positions as the President of K2 Consulting Group, Collision Program Manager at ALLDATA and the Director of Technology with I-CAR.

Timothy Morgan (left), Chief Operating Officer-COO of Spanesi Americas welcomes Karl Kirschenman to the Spanesi team.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tim Morgan, Tom McGee

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