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3M Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Spain-Based BossAuto Over PPS Technology

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:02:18 +0000

3M (NYSE:MMM) announced that the Commercial Court of Barcelona, Spain, has ordered a preliminary injunction against BossAuto Innova S.A. for infringement of the Spanish portion of 3M’s European patent EP 0,954,381 B2. This patent relates to 3M’s PPS technology that enables the mixing and spraying of coatings for automotive collision repair. The court order prohibits […]

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Enterprise Supports Open, No-Cost Data Platform for Collision Repair Industry and Auto Claims

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000

Enterprise Rent-A-Car issued a statement yesterday in support of open, no-cost data sharing for the collision repair industry and auto insurance claims.  “We firmly believe models that create barriers to vehicle and repair data could be detrimental to the industry,” said Mike Hawkins, Vice President of Business Development for Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the […]

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Interstate Marketing Corporation Increases Support for Schools Through Collision Repair Education Foundation

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:38:07 +0000

Interstate Marketing Corporation has increased their support of high school and college collision school programs through the Collision Repair Education Foundation over the past year. The company has participated as one of the spring student tech shirt sponsors in both 2016 and 2017, allowing the Education Foundation to provide 4,000 total uniforms to students and […]

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PPG Reports 2016 Financial Results, Acquires Refinish Company in China

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:32:40 +0000

PPG (NYSE:PPG) yesterday reported fourth quarter 2016 net sales of $3.5 billion, down more than 1 percent versus the prior year. Sales in local currencies increased by more than 1 percent aided by sales volume growth approaching 2 percent year-over-year. The net impact from business portfolio actions contributed less than 1 percent to sales growth […]

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NHTSA Closes Investigation into Tesla AutoPilot Crash

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:21:09 +0000

Office of Defect investigation finds no safety-related defect trends. Data shows 40 percent reduction in crash rates for Tesla vehicles after introduction of autosteer. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) yesterday released a report and closed its investigation into 2014-2016 Tesla Model S and X […]

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Boyd Group Acquires Three Collision Repair Centers in Arizona

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:56:13 +0000

With the most recent acquisition, the multiple shop operator now has over 400 locations in North America. The Boyd Group Inc. announced the January 13 opening of three Gerber collision repair centers and an active intake center in the Phoenix, Arizona market. The locations previously operated as Brighton Collision Center and began serving the community […]

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Deadline for Over $200,000 in Collision Repair Education Foundation Grants and Scholarships is February 21

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:51:57 +0000

The 2017 grant and scholarship application period is now open to high school and post-secondary collision students who will be attending career and technical schools and colleges in the fall. The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) and its industry supporters offer over $200,000 in grants and scholarships annually, as part of their mission to promote […]

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Auto Care Association Launches Public Policy Advocacy Website

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:47:03 +0000

The Auto Care Association has launched autocareadvocacy.org, a new website for auto care professionals to get more involved in the public policy process. Two key elements of the association’s government affairs operation, grassroots advocacy and the Auto Care Political Action Committee (ACPAC), will now be hosted on this website, with multiple tools and resources dedicated […]

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Symach Installed in Axalta’s New Customer Experience Center in North Carolina

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:43:18 +0000

Symach is currently installing its equipment in Axalta Coating Systems’ new Customer Experience Center (CEC) in North Carolina, which is currently being built and scheduled to open later this year.  “Symach is thrilled to have a technical and professional working relationship with Axalta,” said Chad Seelye, Symach’s vice president USA. “With a paint manufacturer, such […]

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AASP-MN Raises Over $9,000 to Support Student Scholarships

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:21:06 +0000

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota (AASP-MN) recently raised over $9,000 during its 2017 fundraising campaign to support the AASP-MN Automotive Education Fund. The majority of that money was raised at the Association’s 15th annual Race for Automotive Education, held January 10-11 at ProKart Indoors, Burnsville, Minn. and will fund scholarships for automotive […]

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