National Collision

LEWISVILLE, TX and BROOKLYN PARK, MN, Feb. 5, 2019 – Caliber Collision Centers (“Caliber”) and Abra Auto Body Repair of America (“Abra”) today announced the closing of their merger that unites the companies’ talented teams, trusted brands and industry-leading operations to better serve our...
ST. PAUL, Minn., (January 28, 2019)– 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), are once again offering the popular 3M Hire Our Heroes scholarship and tool grant awards program for 2019 to help more deserving military members and their families...
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—Since announcing in August significant enhancements planned for its core education and recognition programming, I-CAR has continued to refine programming elements in order to provide customers with the best possible solutions and user experience. Because I-CAR is making...
Dent Fix’s StaticZap helps keep paint surfaces clean.
Anti-static device keeps paint surfaces clean      Gardena, Calif.—Dent Fix’s (www.dentfix.com) StaticZap (DF-EZAP) anti-static device helps keep the surface clean during the paint process to avoid unnecessary reworking and buffing.      The StaticZap combines an air amplifier and corona ionization...
UV primer surfacers are becoming more popular as the size and cost of curing lamps, such as this one from Specular, get smaller.
They’re not new to the collision repair industry, but ultra-productive UV primer surfacers are receiving renewed interest, thanks to advances in curing equipment. For users who want to use the technology for spot repairs, sometimes as part of a rapid repair fastlane process, the price has come down...
Dan Black of Fiat Chrysler says hidden damage deflected all the way to the other end of a vehicle can often only be detected through three-dimensional measuring.
Las Vegas—It’s become increasingly critical for collision repairers to choose the correct adhesives and perform pre-repair measuring, as well as have technician specialization. “Not all adhesives are alike from manufacturer to manufacturer, and even within a manufacturer’s line you have different...
NT-IF_Mark1.jpg Industrial Finishes & Systems Accounting Manager Mark Walter (left) goes through a demonstration of the Performance Training Portal KPI dashboard with Mike Lay, automotive manager at Industrial Finishes’ Eugene location.
Eugene, Ore.—“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” is advice most often attributed to the late Peter Drucker, credited as the father of modern business management techniques.  With a small investment in time, Industrial Finishes & Systems customers can measure, track, and analyze their key...
Basel, Switzerland—Porsche AG has added Cromax to its list of approved car paint repair brands, making all three of Axalta’s premium global refinish brands — Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox — authorized for use by Porsche AG dealerships and bodyshops worldwide. Axalta, a leading global...
Charlotte, N.C., (January 22, 2019) – CARSTAR, North America’s leading provider of premier collision repairs, is celebrating its 30th year of business, with plans to only accelerate its rapid growth. Marking this momentous anniversary, CARSTAR has plans to honor this occasion with new initiatives...
Although the percentage of shops that view their investment in OEM aluminum certification as a “great” business decision has fallen slightly over the past three years, the percentage of shops that say they are already seeing a return on their investment has risen. The percentage that believe they...

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