National Collision

David Parzen, of NSF International, says his organization launched a collision shop certification program in August.
Anaheim, Calif.—As the array of entities offering “collision shop certification” programs continues to expand, a Collision Industry Conference (CIC) panel recently offered some perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that having so many such programs could mean for shops and the industry....
Collision shops interested in having GM training at their facility can contact their GM wholesale parts dealer.
Detroit—GM’s InShop Clinics bring training resources for the latest OEM repair steps and trends directly from the factory to the field. Until recently, GM Training Clinics were conducted exclusively at GM dealerships or in conference/training facilities. Now, shop staff can take part as GM training...
Warrensville Heights, OH – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. approved Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes paints for its warranty and goodwill repairs. Included in the approval are Sherwin-Williams AWX® Performance Plus™ waterborne system and Ultra 7000® solventborne refinish system. “Sherwin-...
From left, are Jim Savas, vice president and general manager from UBM Automotive, Michael Johannes, brand manager Automechanika, Dan Risley, ASA president, and Dennis Smith, president/CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America.
Santa Monica, Calif.—Automechanika Chicago, a U.S. trade show dedicated to technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops, along with NACE (the International Autobody Congress & Exposition), a 30-plus year-old event for the U.S. collision repair...
Regal Collision in Vallejo was well-represented by its Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein (l.) and its owner Jim Regal at the 2016 NACE|CARS Conference & Expo in Anaheim.
Anaheim, Calif.—The International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) held their annual event at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 9-13. It marks the first time the event has been offered west of Las Vegas.
Polyvance's 6146 Bumper Pliers Kit includes pliers and dies to restore nearly all of the bumper slot tabs in use.
Bumper Pliers Kit makes repairs easier Rainsville, Ala.—Polyvance’s 6146 Bumper Pliers Kit makes it easier for technicians to repair the rectangular “slot tab” holes often found on bumper covers. Slot tabs can be repaired using the nitrogen plastic welder, but without the aid of the Bumper Pliers...
Sean (l.) and Jim Guthrie of Car Crafters, a six-shop collision repair business in New Mexico, received a National Auto Body Council “Body Shop Image Award” last fall for developing well-designed facilities that help improve the image of the industry.
Pat Murray said his shop, Murray’s CARSTAR in Des Moines, Wash., has enjoyed a top-place finish for five of the last six years in a Seattle-area TV station’s “Best of Western Washington” customer-voted awards. Murray said that’s something that gives him and his employees a lot of pride, and it also...
Ray Chew, of CCC Information Services, speaks on “Utilize Data to Improve your Performance.”
Anaheim, Calif.—Last year’s International Autobody Congress & Exhibition/Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (NACE/CARS) largely focused on the challenges of repairing advanced materials, including high-strength steels and aluminum. Continuing that theme, getting and understanding repair...
Glen Mills, Pa.—Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has published its sustainability report covering the company’s progress against a range of sustainability metrics measured over the course of 2014 and 2015. The report reviews accomplishments in...
Anaheim, Calif.—I-CAR and ASE announced a collaboration that align and build on I-CAR’s training and curriculum, as well as ASE’s testing and certification program. Each have been working for more than a year and a half in close collaboration on a set of high-impact joint initiatives for the...

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