September 30th, 2014

October 2014 - Collision Tool & Equipment Notes

Lincoln Electric introduces redesigned weld fume extractor

Shops can reduce cycle time, improve profit through improved parts procedures

Detroit—Although parts make up 30 to 40 percent of the cost of a typical collision repair, too often repair shops order parts inefficiently, which increases administrative workload, costs the shop money, and can increase its cycle time.

By overhauling its parts-ordering and handling procedures, a shop can make the entire repair process smoother, reduce cycle time, increase profits, and even improve its vendor relationships, said consultant Mike Anderson, owner of Collision Advice.

Axalta presents research on improving automotive coatings film formation

Glen Mills, Pa.–Dr. Jingguo Shen, senior chemist at Axalta Coating Systems, presented research from an international collaboration on coating film formation at the 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco.  Shen’s team includes world-renowned researchers from the U.S., the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (IMC) and Synpo based in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Leading experts in a variety of chemistry disciplines and polymer science attend this annual meeting.

Optimizing shop performance with training and resources helps build DRP relationships

Berkeley, Calif.—Online data, I-CAR courses, manufacturer courses, third-party evaluations, direct business coaching, and 20 Groups are all resources independents need to be taking advantage of, California Color Source Owner Greg Decker said. “Owners need to participate, train, and evaluate every step. There is no one perfect way, otherwise everyone would be doing it.”

SEMA Annual Market Report shows $33 billion in sales and year-over-year growth

Diamond Bar, Calif.—In 2013, sales of automotive specialty-equipment products reached $33 billion — a 6.7-percent increase over the previous year, according to the 2014 SEMA Annual Market Report. The figure represents the fourth consecutive year of growth.

Mitchell 1 integrates tire catalog in latest release of Manager SE software

Poway, Calif.—The latest release of the Mitchell 1 Manager™ SE shop management software includes an integrated tire catalog from American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD), along with other enhancements implemented in response to user feedback.

October 2014 - Auto Notes

New era. The Volvo XC90, a vehicle that revolutionized the SUV market across the globe for 12 years, ceased production in August. The second-generation XC90 will begin production in January 2015 and Volvo said the all-new unit will include the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package in the industry. That includes a run-off road protection package and auto-brake at intersection capability.

Enhanced ATEQ TPMS tool features simplicity and efficiency for professional installers

Livonia, Mich.—Not long ago, the acronym TPMS was unfamiliar to most independent aftermarket repair shops. It was not until 2008 that all vehicles in the U.S. were federally mandated to be equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Those vehicles have now reached the “sweet spot” for the aftermarket and, in response, shop owners and technicians are quickly adapting to its service and repair needs, said Erion Venetiku, national sales manager at ATEQ, a manufacturer of TPMS tools. 

AutoZone reaches definitive agreement to acquire Interamerican Motor Corporation

Memphis, Tenn.—AutoZone Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). Founded in 1962, IMC, which currently operates 17 locations, is the second largest distributor of OE-quality import replacement parts in the U.S. The company has been committed to offering an extensive parts line for all European and Asian cars. Original equipment brands are at the core of the IMC parts program.