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Rarely a day passes where the headlines of collision industry trade publications don't cover stories of multi-store operators or collision industry consolidators purchasing local collision repair businesses. There is an obvious awareness in the industry that nationally recognized collision repair brands are actively seeking larger market share through targeted acquisitions of independent business, and that the rate of such acquisitions is only increasing. The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has included several tracks in their Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series at the SEMA Show, specifically to address the trend and arm industry members with insight they can use in their business.
For collision repair businesses and refinish specialists, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has put together an unparalleled lineup of educational offerings that focus on trends, issues and technologies that impact professionals performing paint and body work on today's vehicles. While the bulk of sessions offered through the 2013 Repairer Driven Education series are paid sessions held in the classrooms in the upper level of North Hall, SCRS has included a number of unique educational opportunities to be offered free of charge from the Collision Repair & Refinish stage on the show floor of the North Hall each morning of the show.
Free sessions include:
Tuesday, November 5 | 10:00AM - 12:00PM
RDE FREE Session: Accessing OEM Repair Information
Toby Chess, SCRS
Successful collision repair businesses understand that profitable repairs stem from a well-conceived repair plan that accounts for both the necessary tasks and a thorough accounting of the costs associated with performing them. Because of this, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has maintained an emphasis on seminars that focus on damage analysis and cost assessment during the upcoming Repairer Driven Education series at the 2013 SEMA Show. The four day show opens November 5th, and is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Good estimates can't be formulated without in depth knowledge of required operations and the technology that drives them," shared SCRS Vice Chairman Andy Dingman. "Understanding the physical requirements of the repair process and what the manufacturers expect that process to look like is probably the most critical foundation for success in writing accurate repair plans."
Announcing BILSTEIN Media Event at 2013 SEMA Show: Press conference on Wed., Nov. 6 at 1:30pm, Central Hall Feature Vehicle Area next to the Ford booth will include presentation of BMW 335i and introduction of new B16 iRideControl system
Poway, Calif. (October 16, 2013) – BILSTEIN, the leader in monotube gas pressure shock absorbers, is proud to announce an exciting event for the media and SEMA attendees on Wednesday, November 6 at 1:30pm at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Located in the Featured Vehicle Area of the Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the BILSTEIN press conference will include the presentation of the BMW 335i to the winner of their consumer sweepstakes and introduce the new smartphone adjustable B16 iRC suspension system. Look for the BMW on the ramp next to the Ford Motor Co. booth.
“We’re thrilled to present the customized BMW 335i to one of our lucky fans,” said Scott MacDonald, BILSTEIN director, marketing and product management. “We appreciate our loyal customers and this BMW is just one of the ways we can give back. The iRC system is a great new addition to our product line and we look forward to sharing its unique capabilities with the SEMA show crowd.”
World Class Automotive OEM film supplier to open new facility in 2014
Lake Orion, Michigan September 20, 2013: Kay Premium Marking Films, Ltd. (U.K.), a leading supplier of high quality pressure-sensitive films since 1995, is expanding into the North American market with the construction of a new facility in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Adjacent to the World Headquarters of the parent company, Kay Automotive Graphics, this KPMF USA, Inc. manufacturing center will increase KPMF's capacity for satisfying the burgeoning global demands for PVC and urethane films for the OEM, aftermarket and vehicle wrapping industries.
The construction of this facility is underway, with anticipated completion date in the Spring of 2014. Utilizing the latest coatings equipment and technologies, this facility will offer employment opportunities for a variety of manufacturing and sales positions. Visit KPMF USA, Inc. at SEMA 2013 in Booth 12975.
Unique adhesive film technology captures attention of OE and Aftermarket industry
AkzoNobel’s stickerfix™, the industry’s first pre-coated ultra-thin film adhesive DIY paint solution, continues to generate buzz amongst the automotive industry as it gears up for a return to SEMA 2013.
Following the highly successful debut of stickerfix at SEMA 2012, and the online launch of stickerfix in Europe’s prestigious Halfords retail chain, several major U.S. companies are preparing to include stickerfix in their DIY paint solution line-up for 2014. The growing momentum is a result of the positive retailer and consumer feedback about the adhesive film technology’s quick, clean application. There is also considerable interest in stickerfix’s superior color match, thanks to AkzoNobel’s premium Sikkens pre-coated finishes. Stickerfix offers a revolutionary method for helping car owners conceal unsightly paint scratches and chips any time they need it.
AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) will showcase its multi-brand refinish portfolio, industry sustainability platform, and exclusive education classes at SEMA 2013. Select products from the Sikkens®, Lesonal®, and Wanda® brands will be on display in Booth #25043 in the South Hall’s Racing & Performance area. In addition, stickerfix™, the first commercial DIY paint solution from AkzoNobel, will be featured in Booth #13049 in the North Hall’s Appearance and Accessories area.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will feature the work of Legacy Innovations, LLC and their show-stopping, custom-renovated 1958 Corvette at SEMA, booth 21313 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. Legacy Innovations’ owner, Troy Spackman, and members of his team, as well as the car’s owner, will be on hand at the ESAB booth every day of the show, from November 5, 2013 through November 8, 2013, to answer questions about the renovation project and discuss how ESAB equipment was key in completing the custom work.
Legacy Innovations, founded in 2006, specializes in chassis design and fabrication, body restoration and modification as well as a full range of services from building to renovation for custom, rare and exotic vehicles. From the start, the company has partnered with ESAB for all its welding and cutting equipment requirements.
Andrew McLaughlin, owner of LetzRoll Offroad Racing, and his newly-inked offroad buggy, will be on site at the ESAB Welding & Cutting Products booth at SEMA, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. McLaughlin will make scheduled appearances at booth 21313 from November 6, 2013 through November 8, 2013.
SEMA show attendees will have the opportunity to meet McLaughlin and see his offroad buggy, which will remain on display for the length of the show. McLaughlin will be on hand to greet guests, sign autographs, share his racing experience and discuss why LetzRoll Offroad relies on ESAB equipment.
For a limited time the unique version of Omni United’s flagship brand Radar Tires popular RPX 900 tire is now available online through select distributors and at retailers across the country.
Omni United has expanded distribution of its limited-edition “Ring of Hope” pink side wall Radar RPX 900 tire. The tire, which supports Omni’s ‘Mobilizing Hope’ campaign, includes a pink side wall highlighting the emblematic pink color of the fight against breast cancer. This limited-edition tire is now available through tires-easy.com, at Sears Auto Centers, Omni’s new Radar Distribution Center and other select retailers throughout the country.