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Tue, 25 Nov 2014
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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S., daily news coverage will resume Monday, December 1st.
Steel Association Research Shows Aluminum-Bodied Vehicles Can Be Worse for Environment
Automotive steel industry group case study shows the life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions support steel usage over aluminum. Increased emissions to mine, manufacturer and recycle aluminum versus steel outweigh emissions savings through fuel economy improvements.

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The Collision Repair Industry: A Private Equity Perspective
Maggie Todd, senior associate with TZP Group, details collision repair industry fundamentals driving interest by private equity firms, how repair business operators can benefit from investment and key considerations when considering private equity. Read

Automakers Announce Privacy Principles to Protect Vehicle Personal Data
Consumer advocates and the automotive aftermarket are cautioning that the newly announced principles don’t go far enough to protect consumer privacy and competition for repair services. Read

Incoming CIC Chairman Lays Out His Philosophies, Goals for the Conference
Randy Stabler, co-founder and president of Pride Collision Centers, will take the helm of the Collision Industry Conference in January. Read

Additional Antitrust Suits Filed Against Auto Insurance Companies
Ten additional suits have been filed by collision repairers and associations alleging antitrust violations by auto insurers. Read

Interview: Collision Industry Conference Chair George Avery
Avery details topics on the agenda at this week’s meeting in Las Vegas and reflects upon his two-year term as Chair of the conference. Read

New Antitrust Suits Filed Against Insurers in Michigan and Arizona; Price’s Collision Centers Opposes Consolidation with Antitrust Actions in Florida
Seven-location MSO’s suit against Progressive had been nominated as a potential tag-along to the collision repair facility antitrust suits already consolidated in Federal Court in Florida. Crawford and Louisiana opposition scheduled to be heard in December. Read

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Who Helped Overturn Aftermarket Parts Verdict against State Farm at Center of Election Controversy Again
Effort to get Justice Lloyd Karmeier voted off the court gains the financial support of Plaintiff Attorneys who could gain from reinstatement of judgments in class-action lawsuits. Read

Traffic Volume Improved Slightly in August
Three of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in August compared to 2013. Read

Collision Repair Industry Production Up Through July
Industry expansion continues beyond winter months. Both production staff and average weekly hours worked have increased through the first seven months of 2014. Read

Length of Rental Climbs Modestly in Q3 2014
U.S. results above last year and average for the last five years. Canada continues stable trend. Read

Collision Claim Severity Up 6.6% in 2013
Data published by the Insurance Information Institute shows third consecutive year of rising collision severity. However, though increasing, severity remains below 2006 peak. Read

A Profile of the Evolving Collision Repair Marketplace
Our annual series by Vincent Romans and Mary Jane Kurowski examines the largest shop groups in the North American collision repair industry, their growing market share, and an analysis of the numbers. Read

Traffic Volume Up 1.5% in July
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in July compared to 2013. Read

UK Competition and Markets Authority Releases Final Report in Motor Insurance Probe
Report recommends ban of Most Favored Nation clauses by price comparison websites that prevent auto insurers from offering lower prices. Will not regulate insurance replacement car pricing. Read

Body Repair Prices, Auto Insurance and Inflation through August
Both auto insurance and body repair prices continue to increase faster than the rate of overall inflation through August 2014. Read

Appeals Court Grants Preliminary Injunction against Connecticut Glass Steering Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District has overturned a lower court decision and has granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Connecticut’s auto glass anti-steering law. Read

Collision Repair Industry Business Conditions: Q2 2014
Improvements in both sales and earnings continue. Collision repair facilities reporting lower earnings and sales hit historic lows.Read

Traffic Volume Improved Again in June
All five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in June compared to 2013. Read

ASA Launches Effort to Address Blend within Panel Refinish Controversy
The Automotive Service Association has launched a renewed effort to eliminate what it sees as arbitrary reductions of refinish times on repaired panels. Association will gather estimate examples from repairers and seeks understanding of insurance company policy. Read

Interview: Dan Risley, President and Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association
One year after announcing that the NACE | CARS Expo was moving from its traditional fall timeframe, the Automotive Service Association launched a revitalized Industry Week in Detroit. In our exclusive video interview, Risley discusses this year’s event and plans for next year. Read

Panel Debates the Value, Accuracy and Impact of Length of Rental Formulas
Collision Industry Conference examines the impact of different formulas used by insurers and how they can impact repairers and consumers. Read

NACE Symposium Offers MSOs and Others New Ways to Look at the Collision Repair Industry
Day-long conference was opened up to more than just MSOs, bringing in single-location collision repair representatives. Offers insights on market dynamics, capacity utilization, technology and acquisitions. Read

Five Lawsuits by Collision Repairers against Auto Insurers Consolidated in Florida
The request to consolidate five separate, but related, lawsuits around the country, into one suit has been granted by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Crawford suit to remain separate. Read

Traffic Volume Improved in May
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in May compared to 2013. Read

Judge Denies Ford’s Motion to Dismiss ABPA Lawsuit
Monday’s recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mazzant affirms the Automotive Body Parts Association’s standing to bring suit seeking to overturn Ford design patents. Read

Tampa Television Station Highlights Poor Quality Repairs, Body Shop Lawsuits Against Insurers
Report highlights repair quality issues and collision repairer lawsuits against insurers. Warns consumers their families could be “…at risk on the road.” Read

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Change
Susanna Gotsch examines how regulations are impacting materials usage in vehicle construction, how those materials are surfacing in CCC's data, and the impact they have on the cost of collision repairs and shop processes. Read

Crawford’s Auto Center Doesn’t Want RICO Suit Against Insurers Consolidated with Other Antitrust Actions
While the plaintiffs in several cases seeking to be consolidated didn’t seek to bring in Illinois RICO suit, a defendant has proposed the suit as a potential “tag-along” action. Read

Federal Reserve Reports All Districts See Economic Activity Expanding
The Fed’s Beige Book commentary on economic conditions sees moderate to modest growth across the U.S. Read

Length Of Rental Continues Upward Trend in Q2 2014
Hailstorms most prevalent weather factor in second quarter. Results above last year and average for the last five years. Read

Honda Demonstrates Non-OEM Parts Affect Airbag Deployment During Crash
Video asks: Can a vehicle body part affect safety system performance? According to an independent crash test conducted for Honda, the answer is Yes. Read

Auto Glass Steering Controversy Continues in Connecticut
Local NBC affiliate investigates allegations of steering in violation of new law. Read

Vehicle Miles Traveled Improves Again in April
Four of five regions in the U.S. report increased driving in April compared to 2013. Gains erase year-to-date decline compared to 2013. Read

Independent Collision Repair Facility Population Increased in 2012
Latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the decline in the collision repair facility population reversed in 2012. Is it the return to growth temporary? Read

MSO Acquisitions Alter the Competitive Landscape
Just last week, we provided an update of acquisition and new store activity by the largest multiple collision repair shop operators through Q1 2014. Monday’s acquisition activity by Boyd and Service King, stunning in its scope, continues to change the competitive landscape for collision repairers. Read

Dan Risley, Executive Director of the Automotive Service Association, Provides an Update on NACE 2014
With the NACE Trade Show and Industry Week just over five months away, Risley details planning for the July events in Detroit. Read


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Collision Repairer Satisfaction Index

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Recent News

Nov 24
ABRA Acquires Ohio Collision Repair Center
U.S. House Subcommittee Explores International Insurance Regulation
Ricca Auto Body Named Stan Wilson New Jersey Shop of the Year
Ford F-150 Collision Repair Instructions Available on I-CAR Website
3M Hire Our Heroes Program Celebrates 3rd Year

Nov 21
AAA Predicts 4.3% Increase in Road Trips for Thanksgiving Holiday
Classic Collision Acquires Three Locations in North Georgia
Price’s Collision Centers Opens 8th Location
Axalta Breaks Ground on Dual Refinish/Powder Training Center in Texas
Hertz Appoints Tague New President and CEO

Nov 20
Solera Acquires UK-based CAP Automotive
NABC Awards Recognize Professionalism and Integrity
ATMC Recognizes Raytheon and General Motors with Training Award
ASA Promotes Two Employees

Nov 19
NHTSA Calls for National Recall of Defective Takata Driver Side Air Bags
CCAR Addresses Theft by Former Staff Member
State Farm Distracted Driving Survey Explores Cell Phone Habits
SoCal Penske Dealer Group Acquires Drew Ford and Hyundai
Refinish Distributors Alliance Seminar Gets Record Attendance
ABRA Donates $20,000 to Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation

Nov 18
Caliber Collision Exceeds 200 Locations with FCC Collision Acquisition
Honda Cautions that New Driver Assist/Safety Systems Require OE Parts
Tom Coleman, Co-Founder of LC Automotive Group, Passes Away
Service King Finalizes Car West Collision Acquisition
Early Bird Registration Ends Today for NABC Golf Outing

Nov 17
ABRA Adds Franchise in Idaho; Acquires Three Locations in Illinois
Kadel’s Auto Body Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Idaho
Mitchell Hosts Auto Body Shop Boot Camp Tomorrow in Chicago
NORTHEAST 2015 Trade Show Registration Opens

Nov 14
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Center in Washington State
Ed Foundation Received $25K from LKQ; Announces New Trustee
Las Vegas Families Leave SEMA with Gifts of Transportation
Ferrell Joins Quest Automotive Products as Dir. of Product & Color Mgmt
Australia - Opposition Calls on NSW to Reform Repair Industry

Nov 13
CARSTAR Reports Record Growth, Sales in Third Quarter
CCC Hits $500M in Repair Estimates Milestone with Mobile Estimating App
Over 2700 State Farm Employees Train for 2015 Ford F-150
ABRA Employee Sings National Anthem during Sunday Night Football
Next CREW Examines International Collision Repair Models
Australia - Capital S.M.A.R.T Acquires QPlus Production

Nov 12
Boyd Group Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.6% in Third Quarter
Axalta Shares Begin Trading on NYSE
Guild 21 Conference Call Today Features Brady Wilson of Juice, Inc.
Industry Awards Announced Prior to CIC Meeting
Joe Amato Inducted into AASP/NJ Hall of Fame

Nov 11
GM Delays Implementing List Price Initiative until Early 2015
Ford Begins Building All-New F-150 Today
Nissan Introduces Collision Repair Consumer Referral Program
ATMC Honors CCAR
ASA and AASA to Host Vehicle Safety Inspection Forum Friday

Nov 10
Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Consumers against Steering
I-CAR Raising Prices for Training by $2 per Credit Hour
Solera Reports Fiscal Q1 2015 Earnings
Pro Spot Receives Supplier Award from Ford

Nov 07
Mitchell Industry Trends Report Released, Webinar November 12
Web-Est and Crash-WriteR Close Acquisition
Hertz Introduces Portal for Collision Repair Shops
3/4 of Vehicles Sold in 2035 Expected to Have Autonomous Capability
BASF hosts fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project during SEMA

Nov 06
New GM Collision Repair Parts List Price Process Takes Effect Dec 1st
Gerber Acquires First Collision Repair Location in Idaho
Safelite Acquires Auto Glass Division of Sante Fe Glass
Equipment and Tool Institute Names Potter New Executive Manager
Howard Joins Automotive Recyclers Association

Nov 05
GM Launches Real-Time Collision Repair Parts Pricing
NABC and Progressive to Donate 117 Vehicles on Veterans Day
Collision Repair Education Foundation Announces Grant Winners
PartsTrader Records $100 Million Order Volume in October
Independent Glass Association Joins SCRS

Nov 04
Ford Service Engineering Team Details F-150 Repairs at SEMA
Service King Raises $112,000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation
WIN Seeks Leaders to Speak at 2015 Educational Conference
Auto Body Assoc of Texas Meeting November 11

Nov 03
Self-Driving Vehicles Generate Enthusiasm, Concerns Worldwide
Enterprise Reports 4% Growth in Insurance Replacement Business
CCC Introduces Parts Shopping through CCC ONE Touch
Litigation Update and Awards Highlight 2014 AASP/NJ Annual Meeting
Matrix Hosts Second Annual Artists 4 Education Auction

Oct 31
Alcoa Awards $45,000 Aluminum Welding Certification Grant
PCI Elects New Officers to the Board of Governors at Annual Meeting
AkzoNobel Announces 2014 FIT Sustainability Award Winners

Oct 30
Axalta Launches Initial Public Offering
Insurance Auto Auctions Acquires Two Texas Facilities
Reservations Deadline for NABC Recycled Rides Luncheon Tomorrow
Allstate Reports Growth in Q3
LKQ Corporation Reports Q3 Earnings

Oct 29
Leading Edge Auto Refinishes Merges with WESCO Group
Toyota Demos Repair Procedures Estimating Solution at SEMA
Sherwin-Williams Vision Group Conference Dec. 10-12 in Naples, Florida
CARSTAR Webinar Tomorrow Focuses on Aluminum Repair
NATEF Updates Integrated Academics Guide

Oct 28
New-Vehicle Retail Sales in October on Pace for 1.1 Million Units
CARSTAR Expands in Seattle
Service King Acquires Columbus, Ohio Collision Repair Center
Senator Urges FTC to Take Action Against Warranty Tactics by OEMs
VeriFacts Announces Award Finalists

Oct 27
Amica Mutual Ranks Highest in J.D Power Auto Claims Satisfaction Study
I-CAR New Technology Course to Premiere at SEMA
Industry Recruitment Website Launched
Amran Joins SCA Appraisal Company as Director of Internal Operations
Asia - AkzoNobel Opens New Refinish Plant in China

Oct 24
Auto Care Association Says Collision Industry Down 0.2% in 2013
Safelite Contributes $10,000 to Education Foundation
Medved Joins S/P2
ABRA Raises $23,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation

Oct 23
Service King Adds Orlando Collision Repair Center
PartsTrader Announces Partnership with Hotlines Recycled Parts Network
VeriFacts Automotive 7th Annual Symposium February 23-24
Team PRP Appoints Gamble New Executive Director

Oct 22
Boyd Group Acquires Georgia Collision Repair Center
3M Launches New Aluminum Repair SOP Series
Most Influential Women Nominations Open
Copart Donates $15,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation
PPG Held Commercial Truck Shop Conference in September

Oct 21
Carousel Capital Invests in Joe Hudson’s Collision Center
NHTSA Issues Consumer Advisory on Airbag Recall
Price Of Gasoline Reaches New 44-Month Low
OEConnection Establishes Technology Partnership with University
Eric Brandt Joins Esurance as Chief Claims Officer

Oct 20
Erie Insurance Expands into Kentucky
AkzoNobel Honors Women’s Industry Network
Sill Named Chief Information Officer at CARSTAR
Mitchell 1 Newest ASA Corporate Member
Valspar Joins SCRS

Oct 17
Warm Winter Likely for Western U.S., South may see Colder Weather
Early Bird Pricing for SEMA Show Ends Today
Auto Parts Manufacturer Indicted for Price Fixing
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Joins the CCC Parts Network
WIN Announces 2015 Conference in Baltimore May 4-6
Australia - NRMA Launches Auto Body Employment Plan, Quality Report

Oct 16
PPG Reports Record Third Quarter Sales and Earnings
ARA Mourns the Passing of Mark Buessing
AkzoNobel Announces Awards at Distributor Conference
Erie Insurance Selects Guidewire for Claims Management

Oct 15
CCC Donates $30,000 to Support School Grants
Ford Reduces Prices by 15% on 97 Parts Added to Truckload Program
BASF names Toomey Senior Vice President of North American Coatings
ASA Moves to New Headquarters
WIN One Day Membership Challenge Starts at Noon Today

Oct 14
Small Business Optimism Index Declined in September
ABRA Expands in Iowa and Illinois
New Jersey Extends Auto Body License Renewal Deadline
ASA Announces New Dental, Vision Insurance Benefit Providers
Metropolitan Car-O-Liner Relocates and Expands Facility

Oct 10
Graco Sells Liquid Finishing Business to Satisfy FTC Consent Order
Joseph Dindorf, Former Hein-Werner CEO Passes Away
Riverdale Body Shop Expands Tinley Park, Ill. Location
Manufacturers Improved Fuel Economy Without Weight Reduction in 2013
Webinar offers View Inside CIECA's Committees

Oct 09
CARSTAR Adds Location in Kentucky
More Details on SEMA Collision Repair Education Released
Kelly Cooper Joins TenPoint Complete
Mike Miller Joins Assured Performance
ASA Recognizes Identifix Founder Bill Sauer

Oct 08
Boyd Opens New Collision Repair Center in Michigan Dealership
ACD Partners with eDirectGlass
Intellectual Property Rights Center Warns of Counterfeit Auto Parts
AkzoNobel Announces Awards at North American Summer Summit

Oct 07
P/C Insurers Saw Net Income Rise through First-Half 2014
Report Sees Short Term Gain for Aluminum, Long Term Gains for AHSS
Guild 21 Conference Call Tomorrow Features Toyota Collision Repair
Sherwin-Williams Donates $170,000 in Product to Collision Schools
ATMC Announces of 2014 Training Award Winners

Oct 06
ABRA Acquires Chicago-area Collision Repair Center
Axalta’s ProfitNet Interfaces with Dealertrack Technologies
Allianz and BMW Extend Global Agreement on Auto Insurance
Surge in Light Truck Sales in September Causes Drop in Fuel Economy
Canada - Craftsman Collision Fills Courtesy Cars with Food Donations

Oct 03
WESCO Acquires Two Jobber Locations in Western Washington
Air Bag Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
Panel Examines Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology and Highway Safety
Trends Seminars Scheduled for Los Angeles October 7-8

Oct 02
Berkshire Hathaway Acquires Van Tuyl Group
ASA Contacts Top 10 Insurers on Blend within Panel
Man Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Airbags
I-CAR Recognizes SCA Appraisal for Training Commitment

Oct 01
AudaExplore Introduces Predictive Analytics Solution
PPG Waterborne Shop Conversions Exceed 10,000
WIN Kicks-off 2015 Membership Drive
Service King Partners with National Breast Cancer Foundation

Sep 30
Ford Super Duty Pickups Will Use Aluminum
Boyd Group Completes $100+ Million Financing
Consumer Federation Concerned with High Price of Auto Insurance
EU - MAPFRE Acquires Direct Line’s Auto Insurance in Italy and Germany

Sep 29
Craftsman Collision Acquires Wedge Clamp Repair Systems
Utah Auto Body Association Expo October 4
Erica Eversman to Speak at AASP/NJ Annual Meeting October 30
Early Bird Pricing for SEMA Show Ends October 17

Sep 26
September New Light-Vehicle Sales Projected Up 5%
Aleris Invests $350 Million to Expand Aluminum Sheet Production
OSHA Expands Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries
Legislation Introduced to Modernize the Small Business Administration
Quest Donates $280,000 in Paint and Abrasives To School Programs

Sep 25
Service King Acquires Car West Auto Body
Innovation Group Acquires Driven Solutions
Clear Coat Blending Still Not Eligible for Paint Manufacturer Warranties
Next Sherwin-Williams EcoLean Level 2 Workshop at Daytona Speedway
ABRA Helps Raise over $100,000 for People with Disabilities

Sep 24
Copart Reports Revenue Up 11% for its Fiscal Year
Congressional Hearing Examines Small Business Health Options Program
Lift Institute Partners with Toronto Worker Safety Group
Auto Body Association of Texas Affiliates with SCRS

Sep 23
Service King Acquires Marco's Collision Centers
AutoBody-Review.com Integrates VeriFacts Certification Status
Steve Forbes to Keynote AAPEX General Session
Hertz Contributes $30,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation
I-CAR Launches Two Refinish Courses

Sep 22
New Law to Reduce Uninsured Drivers in California
Caliber Acquires Six AutoPride Collision Repair Centers in Florida
ABRA Acquires Consolidated Auto Service Center in Illinois
National Auto Body Council Issues Final Call for 2014 Award Nominations
RDA Names 2014 IMPACT Elite Member of the Year

Sep 19
Seven Auto Parts Executives Indicted for Role in Conspiracy to Fix Prices
Over $300,000 Raised at Dallas Education Foundation Fundraiser
VeriFacts recognizes Fix Auto USA Network for Quality Measurement
Long Island Veterans to Receive 10 Vehicles Saturday
NABC Urges Support for Anti-Texting and Driving Campaign

Sep 18
Allianz Integrates Fireman’s Fund Commercial Insurance Lines
New Jersey Bill Would Limit Access to Black Box Data
Manufacturers Now Need Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Calif.
Denver Police Work with Collision Repair Shops to Solve Hit and Runs

Sep 17
Small Business Optimism Increased in August
Team PRP Recyclers Will Not Endorse PartsTrader
Next GCIA Meeting September 25
Cheaper Crude and Winter-Blends Mean Less Expensive Gasoline
ArcelorMittal Touts 23% Weight Savings for Pickup Trucks with Steels

Sep 16
State Farm Projects Deer Collisions Up 3 Percent
Walmart Expanding Auto Insurance Shopping Site to 11 New States
WIN Kicks Off 2015 Sponsorship Campaign
U.S. House Committee Discusses Future of SBA
I-CAR Announces SEMA Training Schedule

Sep 15
Boyd Group Acquires Champ’s Collision Centers in Louisiana
Global Driverless Vehicle Shipments to Reach 42 Million by 2035
AASP-MN Offers Seminar on Preparing for Aluminum Repair
Auto Body Association of Texas Holds Third Meeting
MoKan CARSTAR Business Group Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Sep 12
Mike’s Auto Body Acquires 13th Location in Fremont, California
CARSTAR Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Q2 Same-Store Sales
AHSS Repairability Project on Agenda at SEMA
ASE Industry Education Alliance Recognizes Instructors
Next CREW Examines the Role of Private Equity and Investment Banks

Sep 11
Cook’s Collision Acquires Holmes Body Shop in Pasadena
Boyd Group Income Fund Announces CA$100 Million Financing Deal
ARA Responds to Louisiana AG’s Comments on Junkyard Parts
Texas Leads Nation in Pickup Truck Thefts
Assured Performance Appoints Three Regional Directors

Sep 10
Boyd Acquires Collision Repair Centers in Georgia and Florida
ABRA Helps Raise $40,000 for Helping Paws
Axalta Breaks Ground on Waterborne Facility in Germany
Fix Auto USA Conference Sold Out

Sep 09
Caliber Acquires Three Locations in Colorado Springs
NACE Will Return to Detroit in 2015
Professional Parts Group Opens Tampa Warehouse
Hertz Announces CEO Steps Down
CARSTAR Cincinnati Business Group Raises $14,000 for Fisher House

Sep 08
ABRA Acquires USA Collision Centers
GM to Introduce Automated Driving Technologies in 2017 Cadillacs
Cooks Collision Expands Dublin, Calif. Location
Guild 21 Conference Call Wednesday Tackles Employee Engagement
Pennsylvania Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Insurance Lawsuits
Niclas Ytterdahl Named President of Vehicle Service Group

Sep 05
LIABRA Meeting Features Toyota Estimating Presentation on Sept. 16
Fuel Economy of New Vehicles Sold at Record High in August
MEMA's Handschuh to Speak to CAWA
WIN Awards Five Student Memberships during CREF Event in Texas

Sep 04
Boyd Opens New Collision Repair Center in Michigan
State Farm App Makes Finding a Select Service Facility Easier
National Respirator Awareness Day Tomorrow
Five Parts Suppliers Joins the CCC Parts Network

Sep 03
Caliber Adds New Location in Houston, Texas Market
Akzo Nobel Reported to be Suitor for Axalta Coatings
Nationwide Insurance Moves to One Brand
ASA Announces Plans to Relocate Headquarters
NABC Board of Director Nomination Deadline Friday
UK - Selsia Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement with LKQ Coatings

Sep 02
ABRA Acquisition Closes
Education Foundation Seeks Sponsors for Student Safety Kits
NABC Sets Date for 20th Annual Golf Fundraiser
OEM Education Resources Panel Featured at Nov 5 NASTF Meeting
Trends Seminar Slated for St. Louis Sept 10

Aug 28
Nearly 30 Million Taking a Road Trip for Labor Day
Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
ASA-PA Announces Capital Direct As Benefit Provider
Canada - Registration Open for CCIF Montreal

Aug 27
Solera Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results
I-CAR Aluminum Course Available
Industry Trends Seminar Scheduled for Sept 8 in Orlando
PPG Raises Funds for Speedway Children’s Charities
Car-O-Liner Names Trahey Manager of Technical Training

Aug 26
Allstate Ranks Safest Cities to Drive
India Fines 14 Vehicle Manufacturers for Antitrust Violations
Study finds VeriFacts Shops Have Higher Customer Satisfaction
Education Foundation Makeover Grants to be awarded during SEMA
Aluminum Association to Present during SEMA OEM Summit

Aug 25
ABRA Acquires Collision Repair and Auto Glass Centers in North Carolina
Gerber Opens New Collision Repair Center in Washington State
Caliber Opens Collision Repair Facility in Las Vegas
National Auto Auction Association Acquires Kink or Bend LLC
Martin Senour Announces Q4 Training Schedule

Aug 22
Caliber Enters Florida Market with Acquisition of 4 Stores
Axalta Files for Initial Public Offering
New-Vehicle Sales in August Forecast Above July
Industry Rallies to Fight ALS in Support of California Shop Owner
Amazon Shoppers Can Support Collision Industry Foundation
NABC Opens Nominations for 2015 Board of Directors

Aug 21
NHTSA Proposes Rulemaking for V2V Communications Technology
ASA Thanks Farmers for Dropping MFN Clause in New DRP Agreements
Sherwin-Williams Announces Q4 Training Schedule
Automatic Parking Assist Standard on Chevrolet SS
North Carolina High School Instructor Wins Trip to SEMA

Aug 20
Louisiana Attorney General Files Suit Against State Farm
ABRA Adds Franchise Location in Washington State
Energy Dept Grants $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technology
O’Reilly Automotive Joins the CCC Parts Network
UK - Just Car Clinics Consolidates Supply Arrangement with LKQ Coatings

Aug 19
Next Sherwin-Williams Ecolean Workshop Set for Phoenix Sept 16-17
ARA 71st Annual Convention and Exposition October 22-25
Garmat USA Announces Sharp Shooter Contest
CARSTAR Adds New Area Director of Operations

Aug 18
ABRA Acquires Tennessee Collision Repair Center
Caliber Collision Opens New Collision Repair Center in Tomball, Texas
Axalta Invests $10.5 Million to Expand Coatings Plant in Mexico
Record $85,000 Raised During Education Foundation Golf Outing
PCI Hosts Policy Briefing with on Innovation and Auto Safety

Aug 15
NABC Members Collaborate at Education Foundation Event in Dallas
Registration Open for PPG MVP Fall Conference Sept 21-23 in Nashville
Green Garage Challenge Announces Free Webinar
Automotive Management Institute Honors Class of 2014
Anest Iwata Names Rick Bennett Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Aug 14
Boyd Group Reports Same Store Sales Up 7.3 percent in Q2
Carlyle Reported Preparing for Axalta IPO
Two Regional Insurers and USAA get Top Grades from Oregon Shops
Survey: Digitally-Empowered Customers Transforming Collision Repair
ASA Honors Member Achievements at 2014 Celebration of Excellence

Aug 13
Small Business Optimism Ticks Up Slightly in July
Nationwide’s 2014 First Half Operating Revenue Grows Six Percent
Education Foundation Dallas Awareness Event this Saturday
PartsTrader Hits 1,000,00th Milestone
Axalta Presents Research on Improving Automotive Coatings

Aug 12
Allstate Wins $1.6 Million Auto Glass Fraud Lawsuit
CEI Named Fleet Accident Manager for Bellevue, Washington
Alcoa Foundation Awards Lightweighting Research Grant
EU - Blackstone Acquires Alliance Automotive Group

Aug 11
ABRA Acquires Missouri and North Carolina Collision Repair Centers
Auto Safety Bill Targets Recalls, Increases NHTSA Funding, Rental Cars
AASP/NJ Labor Pool Offers Shops Help

Aug 8
Auto Parts Executive Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging and Price Fixing
California Shop Owner Sentenced for Insurance Fraud
Collision King Honored by Farmers Insurance
ACD Joins ARA as Associate Member
UK - Euro Car Parts Acquires 27 Unipart Sites from Administrator

Aug 7
MAACO Opens On-Site Shop for Hertz
Guild 21 Conference Call Features American Honda on August 13
OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Announced for SEMA
Education Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Aug 6
KAR Auction Services Acquires 50 Percent Stake in TradeRev
NACE|CARS Technology Expo Gives Shops First Look at Future Auto Tech
Mitchell Partners With EvoNexus to Drive Technology Innovation
MAACO Joins National Auto Body Council

Aug 5
ABRA Acquired by Hellman & Friedman and Senior Management Team
Mitchell Examines Mid-Size Sedans Sales Impact on Alternative Parts
Survey Shows Concerns Still Exist with Self-Driving Vehicles
ACD Joins National Auto Body Council as Gold Member

Aug 4
AudaExplore and Performance Gateway Announce Partnership
CAPA Experiences Record New Part Approvals
CCC Releases Updated KPI Management Tool
ALLDATA Collision Launches Mobile Access
Uni-Select Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Aug 1
CRES, Telematics Forum Highlight Today’s Industry Week Schedule
Hertz Opens 17 New Local Edition Locations
LORD Corp and Dow Automotive Announce Distribution Agreement
Car-Part.com Launches Next Generation eCommerce Tool
I-CAR Launches Technical Support Portal

July 31
LKQ Announces Results for Second Quarter, Acquisitions
Today’s NACE and CARS Schedule
Uni-Select Improved Q2 2014 Financial Results
Former Sterling Autobody President Notte Joins PDR Business
Solera Completes Acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Insurance Services Div.

July 30
Training Focus of Today’s Events at Industry Week in Detroit
AudaExplore Study Finds Gap in Trust, Satisfaction in Repair Experience
Greco Publishing Names Figurelli Director of Sales
Polke Elected to ASE Board of Governors
I-CAR Adds Kia Information to OEM Technical Information Matrix

July 29
CIC Examines Driverless Cars, Preparing Students for Workforce
NCOIL Affirms Commitment to State Regulation of Insurance
GAAS Board Votes to Defer Educational Event for 2015
Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority Names Exec. Director
Canada - Axalta Coating Systems Hosts School Instructor Workshop

July 28
Industry Week Descends on Detroit
ABRA Acquires 3 Stores in Missouri and 1 in Washington
Diamond Standard Seeks CAPA Certification for Bumper Reinforcements
Audi to Demonstrate Piloted Driving in Florida
China - BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai

July 25
Enterprise Sees Lower Length of Rental for ARMS Users
J.D. Power Reports Summer Is Heating Up New-Vehicle Sales
OEConnection Launches Next Generation CollisionLink
AkzoNobel and Green Garage Announce July 29 Webinar

July 24
Lightweight Metals Institute to be Headquartered in Detroit
Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
UTI and mikeroweWORKS Foundation Award Scholarships
Microsoft Tech Evangelist to Speak at CIECA Symposium

July 23
Carlyle Sells Majority Stake in Service King
CAPA to Provide Parts Certification Program to Korea
SUVs and Crossovers Overtake Sedans as Most Popular Body Style in U.S.
Industry Trends Seminars Scheduled in Texas August 5
NASTF to Hold Fall 2014 General Meeting at AAPEX

July 22
Caliber Opens Third Greenfield Facility in North Texas
CCC and WHI Solutions to Provide eCommerce Suite for Parts Suppliers
Central Paint Joins Refinish Distributors Alliance
AkzoNobel Names Sustainability Challenge Grant Outstanding Students
National Autobody Parts Warehouse Completes ISO Certification Review

July 21
NABC Recycled Rides Vehicle Donations and Extrication Training at NACE
LKQ Donates $114,000 in Parts Through Education Foundation
AccuracyDriven4 Launches Auditing Services Venture
Remanufactured Audio Systems Available Through Four Search Services
July 24 CREW: Thriving as a Repairer in Today’s Marketplace

July 18
ABRA Adds Franchise in Minnesota
CARSTAR Expands in Tacoma
CAPA Not Surprised by Results of Honda Bumper Test
Hyundai Launches Collision Parts Conquest Program

July 17
Service King Acquires Two Collision Repair Centers in Texas
NACE Releases Schedule for Innovation, Technology & Telematics Forum
AMI Announces Scholarship Recipients
ASE Education Alliance Announces Instructor Recognition Program
Bodyshop Revolution Launches in the United States

July 16
Obama Rides in Crash Avoidance Simulator
Mitchell Announces RepairCenter and WorkCenter Enhancements
AkzoNobel Commends Maryland High School Collision Repair Program
Solera Completes Acquisition of UK-based Sherwood Group

July 15
ARA Applauds West Virginia Supreme Court Ruling
Memorial Service Planned for Owner of DJS Fabrications
VeriFacts Recognizes Marco’s Collision Centers for Quality Achievement
CCC to Integrate with Pinnacle Recycling Software
Solera Announces Agreement with Suncorp in Australia and New Zealand

July 14
Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Declined in June
Last Call to Register for Education Foundation Golf Outing
NABC Campaign Nets Over 1000 Pledges Not to Text and Drive
Solera Completes Acquisition of sachcontrol AG
Canada - Auto Insurance Claims Satisfaction Increases Significantly

July 11
LKQ Will Add Recycled Parts to CCC Parts Network
Boettcher Joins Summit Consulting
U.S. Senate Commerce Chair Proposes Auto Safety Bill
Equipment and Tool Institute Looking for Executive Manager

July 10
Pacific Collision Centers and Elite Group Merge
GCIA Meeting To Detail Labor Rate Survey Results July 24
CCIF Special Event at NACE Examines North American Trends
Collision Industry Foundation 5th Gala Fundraiser January 15

July 9
Small Business Optimism Falls in June
Riverdale Body Shop Opens 10th Chicago-area Location
Caliber Collision Associates Collect Over One Million Meals in Food Drive
Troy Holm Memorial Fund Created to Benefit Collision Repair Students
ARA Announces Keynote Speakers for 71st Annual Convention and Expo

July 8
P/C Insurers’ Profits and Profitability Slipped in the First-Quarter 2014
Service King Joins National Auto Body Council
Diamond Standard Expands Aluminum Replacement Hood Production
DeVilbiss SprayMaster Curriculum Accredited by I-CAR
CARSTAR Adds Training Specialist

July 7
NSW Select Committee Recommends Overhaul of Repair Industry
Caliber Collision Opens Greenfield Facility in West Frisco, Texas
Gerber Acquires Illinois Collision Repair Center
Chuck Schweiger, Owner of DHI Equipment, Passes Away
Guild 21 Wednesday Conference Call Features Tesla’s McDonald
EU - Axalta Approvals Renewed by Mazda Europe

July 2
AAA Projects 34.8 Million Americans to Travel by Automobile for July 4
Twelfth Insurer Recognizes VeriFacts Quality Program
U.S. House Transportation Committee Hosts Driverless Car
I-CAR Marks 35th Anniversary
CCC Adds Carwise Review Plugins Help Repairers Promote Their Shops

July 1
LKQ Corporation and Chrysler Sign License Agreement, End Lawsuit

Caliber Acquires South El Monte, California Collision Repair Center
Industry Turns Out for AASP/NJ Aluminum Training
Skurka Retires from BASF

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