National Collision

Mount Clemens, Mich. — Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, held the grand opening event of its Americas Technology Center (ATC) located at its Mount Clemens, Michigan manufacturing and research complex. Reflecting Axalta’s commitment to...
Troy, Mich. — Axalta Coating Systems (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, will serve multiple roles including presenter, exhibitor, and sponsor at the Future of Coatings Under Study (FOCUS) conference at the Michigan State University Education Center in Troy, Mich...
SAN DIEGO, CA – April 25, 2017 – Mitchell International, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance and collision repair industry, today announced the winners of the 2016 AutocheX™ Premier Achiever Awards, honoring...
Mike Anderson of Collision Advice says he’s now comparing shops’ backlog of work in different regions of the country over time. Manheim Consulting’s used vehicle value mix shows prices have been relatively high and stable, which helps reduce total losses for collision repairers.
Many of the key “vital signs” indicating the “health” of the collision repair industry appear positive as the middle of the year approaches. Vehicles are more likely to be repaired following a collision, for example, if they are newer and insured — and they are more likely to be insured if they are...
As part of an annual service, a technician from a booth distributor can check airflow in the loaded booth to ensure it is properly balanced, which can result in cleaner paint jobs.
Osseo, Wis.—A properly operating paint booth means more jobs delivered on time – and with fewer headaches for production and management staff. And yet, many shops fail to keep their paint booths properly maintained, often costing them productivity and increased repair costs, said Brandon Lowder,...
The re-engineered Acquire Quantum EFX is almost half the size of its predecessor to enable one-handed operation and access to hard-to-reach places.
Philadelphia—Axalta Coating Systems introduced its fifth-generation spectrophotometer, the AcquireTM Quantum EFX, which is a lighter, faster, and accurate unit capable of reading metallic, pearl and effect colors, and more. Combined with Axalta’s ColorNet color formula retrieval software, the...
Madison, Ind.—Technician and appraiser students who pass any Chief University course of six or more hours will automatically be registered to receive I-CAR ProLevel Platinum recognition program credits at no charge. The credits will post to the students’ I-CAR accounts in as few as two working days...
A new high-precision LED module, especially developed with SATA, offers a true reproduction of daylight to enable reliable color identification.
SATA’s LED trueSun reliably identifies color in the booth Spring Valley, Minn.—SATA’s (www.satausa.com) trueSun LED lamp allows a professional color shade evaluation and identification within the paint shop by reproducing the entire color range of visible light (daylight) as accurately as possible...
Boucherville, Québec—FinishMaster, a wholly owned subsidiary of Uni-Select Inc., announced it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of A. D’Angelo & Sons, Inc. The acquisition significantly expands FinishMaster’s footprint in the state of California and in two major...
North Richland Hills, Texas—The need for pre- and post-repair vehicle scanning, as a normal part of the repair process, is a topic of significant discussion within the collision repair industry. The discussion has been explored and evaluated by the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Collision...

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