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Technical school collision repair programs play a larger role The Collision Repair Education Foundation and I-CAR released its “Snapshot of the Collision Repair Industry” and confirmed through survey results the industry’s perceived need for a continual supply of qualified entry-level technicians...
Sixteen million more It is a year of celebrated volume regarding cars and light trucks manufactured.  The 2014 volume, in the 16-million range, is expected to challenge 17 million in 2015.  The sales surge helps define the end of the resultant sweet spot of repair from pre-2009 and the beginning of...
A core issue Parts & People attended the recent Motor & Equipment Remanufacturing Association (MERA) conference, “Advancing Sustainability Through Remanufacturing,” in Troy, Mich., where, among several issues, it addressed challenges of core retention in relation to OE quality, high-tech...
National Car Care month approaches      As we put the winter of 2015 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to begin contemplating National Car Care Month in April.  This award-winning industry program continues to expand and improve.  And, it is not too early, at all, to begin making plans as to how...
Industry’s well-being on display Once again, trade show and convention attendees from all the various segments of the automotive parts and service industry, as well as enthusiasts of all stripes at SEMA, came to Las Vegas, won, and it didn’t have to stay in Vegas. As written last month, every year...
Looking ahead at 2014 For 30 years, Parts & People has reviewed the past year and previewed the year to come.  Throughout those years, the industry adapted and evolved in response to economic conditions, as well as vehicle, technology, regulatory, and oil price changes.  A proven and mature...
Talent, capacity, and liquidity present a three-part challenge Compared to the difficulties resulting from the 2008-2009 economic downturn, automotive vehicle and supply chain manufacturers are enjoying a relative rebirth with sales surging and plants running at full or near-full capacity.  However...
Hesitation blues It’s time for the various industry segments to meet and confer about what’s on tap for the coming year.  Tens of thousands of attendees come in search of new product and brand alignment, vendor/customer agreements, networking opportunities, training, association meetings, and a...
Industry Week — industry strong Ten years ago, to the month, this was the title of this Publisher’s Statement upon returning from Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW).  After a difficult year, on many levels, following the collapse of the three World Trade Center towers in New York City on 9...
Fork in the financial road While some worried about a Mayan astronomical projection that links solar-system rotation to survival crossroads on earth, pegged to a certain day, no less a financial crossroads looms ahead in the New Year, in part defined by access to capital and the competitive...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.