The Voice of the African Collision Repair Industry

Automotive Refinisher magazine is the largest African collision repair publication. After three decades, we are still passionate about all corners of our industry and feature articles on the latest launched vehicles and the best collision repair shops and vehicle refinishes locally and abroad. We pride ourselves in keeping our readers up to date with the latest trends in repair, training courses and other interesting technical stories. In this ever changing fast-paced business, we feel the need to keep the repair network well informed so they may take their business to the next level. Automotive Refinisher is a proudly South African publication, which is not only enjoyed in South Africa but throughout Africa and international markets

Breaking News

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE NEW DIRECTOR AT AUDATEX

The recently appointed claim sales director at Audatex, Jermaine
Davids, was promoted to the new role after holding senior positions in the business for the last six years. In his
new role, Davids’ main responsibility is to support the company’s growth.
His focus will extend to delivering value to customers.

MAXIMUM VALUE, MAXIMUM GLOSS

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology, and the Maximum Clearcoat range is a perfect example. Maximum Clearcoat’s long-lasting, scratch and UV resistant formula makes it an excellent choice for all types of paintwork applications. It can be air dried or low baked and is incredibly easy to apply.

THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR

Raptor doesn’t need expensive equipment as the comprehensive range comes in various sizes, rolling applicators and aerosols. Raptor suits a large number of substrates such as steel, aluminium, and many others. Raptor comes in black, white and tintable, which gives you an infinite range of colours to work with.

CONCEPT 23 DRIVING SUCCESS THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Concept 23 are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership between themselves and the Allied Group, solidifying Concept 23 as the preferred polish supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors. This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone in their journey towards excellence and innovation.

HYUNDAI CELEBRATES SIX GOOD DESIGN AWARDS

Hyundai Motor Company has been recognised for its innovative design competitiveness by winning six top honours at the 2023 Good Design Awards in America, including four in the Transportation category and two in the Interactive Media category. They announce in various categories for Fortune 500 and global leading companies every year.

NEWSFEED STORIES

Hollard Trucking’s transformative annual road safety competition, Hollard Highway Heroes, has for the first time crowned two heroes, one in trucking and the other in the bus category.

Drivers Phineas Muhlanga from Reef Tankers and Gobatlamang J. Gabonewe from Megabus Kuruman were honoured as winners during the Hollard Highway Heroes

NEWSFEED STORIES

Axalta has been named exclusive supplier for BMW Group’s private paint label, ColorSystem, in currently 15 European countries plus South Africa. The agreement includes BMW Group’s network of 730 dealerships and collision repair partners.

whats hot

DISCOVER THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH: LAUNCH OF GLASURIT LINE IN SA

The Glasurit 100 Line revolutionises panel repair with its shorter spray and flash-off times, boosting efficiency to new heights. This line ensures faster basecoat processes, enhancing productivity without compromising on quality.

REAL RESEARCH SURVEY INFORMATION RELEASED

The value segment in refinish is on the increase with a Real Research survey showing it now has 56% of the local market that is incredibly price conscious in this economy, but still looking for quality coatings. The SA repair industry is incredibly unique, and this survey proves that.

PPG SA LAUNCH QUICKLINE®

Value brands now account for roughly over 50% of the market share. PPG has launched Quickline® which is an easy-to-use solvent borne basecoat system for two and three repairs that also delivers consistently good colour matches for all major car makes.

INAUGURAL GRADUATION FOR JOINT PROJECT BETWEEN HOLLARD INSURANCE AND C3 AUTO BODY REPAIR ACADEMY APPRENTICES

The first graduation from a joint pilot project between Hollard Insurance and C3 Auto Body Repair Academy has taken place. They developed it around the training parameters that currently exist in the industry and this new focus is proving very successful.

IT’S A GANGSTER’S PARADISE OUT IN THE TOWING ARENA

The lunacy that is the towing arena in South Africa come under scrutiny from an insider. What are the loopholes being exploited? Where will this lead to in the long term? Perhaps by understanding the ugly truth we can make a way forward.

new products

MIX & MATCH SPEEDLINE VELCRO FILM DISCS 150MM

This premium quality dry sanding disc delivers a perfect sanding performance with its soft foam backing pad feel. It is ideal for panel sanding and ultra-fine polishing operations. With a lockit speed Velcro attachment design it is sold by the 100-disc box holder. It is available in a number of popular disc sizes.

LUXOR PAINTS CARLA PROFESSIONAL MINI TOUCH-UP GUN

This compact small area repair professional spray gun comes with gravity feed design which will capably spray larger areas like a door repair. It delivers 70 to 100 cc per minute force with delicate atomisation and uses a miniscule amount of compressed air at 30 to 120 litres per minute.

LET DOLPHIN GLAZE GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology. The Dolphin Speed Glaze is the latest addition to the premium body filler range. With proprietary snap cure technology, this advanced lightweight formula cures up to three times faster than standard glaze (6 to 8 minutes at 20 degrees), saving shops time and money.

TORK CRAFT Mechanic creeper plastic 6 wheel

Crafted with durability and functionality in mind, the Mechanic Creeper is constructed from high-quality materials to withstand the demands of heavy use. It features a sturdy frame and a low-profile design that allows easy access to the underside of vehicles or hard-to-reach areas.The creeper is equipped with smooth-rolling casters.

SUPERFLEX WATERPAPER FROM GRINDING TECHNIQUES

Superflex Waterpaper sheets play a pivotal role in automotive body repairs and body shop preparation. Designed to use with water as a lubricant, this offers several advantages compared to traditional dry sanding methods. Apart from significantly minimising dust, they are specifically manufactured to prevent clogging during application to ensure a consistent high-quality finish.

Future Tech

VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

The wonderful world of vehicle manufacturers is under massive pressure to change, driven by legislation, consumer choices and international trading. The collision repairers are down stream of this, and the increasing chaos will have quite an effect, eventually.

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

Andrew Marsh delves into the evolution of ADAS to full autonomy The engineering that is going on across the autonomous vehicle community is astounding, but all of the systems are prototypes.
He also questions how the manufacturers and repairers feature in this, as well as the flow of data needed for these vehicles.

TRADE BARRIERS FOR EUROPE OR FIGHT BACK ON THE CARDS

Andrew takes us through the move towards even better vehicle design, which usually takes years but promises a future of longer life parts. The object is to reduce energy use in both the original manufactured ‘new’ vehicle as well as parts for service or repair, in order to survive today.

MANUFACTURERS RUNNING HARD TO GO NOWHERE FAST

With loads of product variation, leading to more difficult-to-get special parts due to lower production volumes – as well in Europe – product support ceasing five years after the last production of a model. The issues show up in trim items, unique panels, and all the parts typically used in collision repair.

AI CERTAINTY AND THE FUTURE

Those who seek profit and only see everyone else as a route to that profit, will invest in ever more complex ‘machines. The investors won’t care what the machine does as long as profit is delivered. Is this AI at its best? See what Andrew Marsh has to say.

Driven

ULTRA STYLISH NEW BMW 5 SERIES

The latest BMW 5 series has been launched in South Africa. There are two variants: an all-wheel drive electrified BMW i5 M60, embodying the premium brand’s commitment to future-forward mobility, complemented by a BMW 520d with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Performance and good looks never disappoint with this manufacturer.

THE NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 70 SERIES

The world’s capable rugged 4×4 often describe Toyota’s Land Cruiser, and the latest evolution is just that, with enhanced styling, technology and specifications as well. It blends heritage and modernity effortlessly and is still a head turner.

TOYOTA YARIS

In the realm of high-performance hatchbacks, the Toyota GR Yaris stands as a legendary figure, and it has just received a series of enhancements that aim to elevate its driving experience to new heights. The GR Yaris has undergone meticulous upgrades, embodying the relentless pursuit of excellence that Toyota is renowned for.

HONEY I STRETCHED THE JIMNY

Stuart Johnston takes a look at the updated Suzuki’s Jimny. It has such a fresh honesty about it – its no-nonsense mechanical specification, its back-to-basics squared-off trad SUV styling, and its at an affordable price. What’s not to like about that!

 ALL NEW HONDA HR-V

The new Honda HR-V is a head turner and comes with a full-house of latest technology and safety features. It has tons of space inside and the drive and handling is precise and comfortable.

Breaking News

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE NEW DIRECTOR AT AUDATEX

The recently appointed claim sales director at Audatex, Jermaine
Davids, was promoted to the new role after holding senior positions in the business for the last six years. In his
new role, Davids’ main responsibility is to support the company’s growth.
His focus will extend to delivering value to customers.

MAXIMUM VALUE, MAXIMUM GLOSS

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology, and the Maximum Clearcoat range is a perfect example. Maximum Clearcoat’s long-lasting, scratch and UV resistant formula makes it an excellent choice for all types of paintwork applications. It can be air dried or low baked and is incredibly easy to apply.

THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR

Raptor doesn’t need expensive equipment as the comprehensive range comes in various sizes, rolling applicators and aerosols. Raptor suits a large number of substrates such as steel, aluminium, and many others. Raptor comes in black, white and tintable, which gives you an infinite range of colours to work with.

CONCEPT 23 DRIVING SUCCESS THROUGH STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Concept 23 are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership between themselves and the Allied Group, solidifying Concept 23 as the preferred polish supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors. This strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone in their journey towards excellence and innovation.

HYUNDAI CELEBRATES SIX GOOD DESIGN AWARDS

Hyundai Motor Company has been recognised for its innovative design competitiveness by winning six top honours at the 2023 Good Design Awards in America, including four in the Transportation category and two in the Interactive Media category. They announce in various categories for Fortune 500 and global leading companies every year.

NEWSFEED STORIES

Hollard Trucking’s transformative annual road safety competition, Hollard Highway Heroes, has for the first time crowned two heroes, one in trucking and the other in the bus category.

Drivers Phineas Muhlanga from Reef Tankers and Gobatlamang J. Gabonewe from Megabus Kuruman were honoured as winners during the Hollard Highway Heroes

NEWSFEED STORIES

Axalta has been named exclusive supplier for BMW Group’s private paint label, ColorSystem, in currently 15 European countries plus South Africa. The agreement includes BMW Group’s network of 730 dealerships and collision repair partners.

Whats Hot

DISCOVER THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH: LAUNCH OF GLASURIT LINE IN SA

The Glasurit 100 Line revolutionises panel repair with its shorter spray and flash-off times, boosting efficiency to new heights. This line ensures faster basecoat processes, enhancing productivity without compromising on quality.

REAL RESEARCH SURVEY INFORMATION RELEASED

The value segment in refinish is on the increase with a Real Research survey showing it now has 56% of the local market that is incredibly price conscious in this economy, but still looking for quality coatings. The SA repair industry is incredibly unique, and this survey proves that.

PPG SA LAUNCH QUICKLINE®

Value brands now account for roughly over 50% of the market share. PPG has launched Quickline® which is an easy-to-use solvent borne basecoat system for two and three repairs that also delivers consistently good colour matches for all major car makes.

INAUGURAL GRADUATION FOR JOINT PROJECT BETWEEN HOLLARD INSURANCE AND C3 AUTO BODY REPAIR ACADEMY APPRENTICES

The first graduation from a joint pilot project between Hollard Insurance and C3 Auto Body Repair Academy has taken place. They developed it around the training parameters that currently exist in the industry and this new focus is proving very successful.

IT’S A GANGSTER’S PARADISE OUT IN THE TOWING ARENA

The lunacy that is the towing arena in South Africa come under scrutiny from an insider. What are the loopholes being exploited? Where will this lead to in the long term? Perhaps by understanding the ugly truth we can make a way forward.

GENEVA 2024 THE END OR A NEW START

For the first time in four years the Geneva international show for automotive designers finally took off. Praise for BYD, MG Motor, Lucid, Renault, Dacia (also Renault) and a whole raft of support from owners of gloriously rare vehicles for making this a special event. Where was everyone else?

OCTORAL PF345G RAPID SURFACER

The new Octoral PF345 Rapid Surfacer utilises cutting-edge technology to eliminate the need for spray booth usage. This helps to maintain cost-effectiveness and improve efficiency with air-drying power. Removing the 30-minute bake cycle frees up the spray booth for additional work, furthering efficiency goals.

A NEW DIRECTION IS NEEDED URGENTLY

Right now, there is a circulating survey where they are asking CRA membership to define procurement source for alternate parts purchased in the vehicle repair cycle from both parts and paint supply concerns involved in the aftermarket transaction on each quotation. Why is the insurance industry still interfering?

MIX & MATCH FLYING WITH THE CHALLENGER BRAND

By constantly reinventing themselves Mix & Match have been able to deliver on their promises which is the cornerstone of their ongoing success. The business has successfully transitioned to the convenience of a click-of-button service and keep pace with additional savings in both time and money for their client base.

THE POWER OF ONE… SO LET’S PULL TOGETHER

Passion is a gift given to us. It is an amazing tool to drive us forward and inspire others in a positive trajectory. It is the cousin of integrity, excellence, and humility. Let’s work together with those who are already changing our nation one person at a time.

NEW PRODUCTS

MIX & MATCH SPEEDLINE VELCRO FILM DISCS 150MM

This premium quality dry sanding disc delivers a perfect sanding performance with its soft foam backing pad feel. It is ideal for panel sanding and ultra-fine polishing operations. With a lockit speed Velcro attachment design it is sold by the 100-disc box holder. It is available in a number of popular disc sizes.

LUXOR PAINTS CARLA PROFESSIONAL MINI TOUCH-UP GUN

This compact small area repair professional spray gun comes with gravity feed design which will capably spray larger areas like a door repair. It delivers 70 to 100 cc per minute force with delicate atomisation and uses a miniscule amount of compressed air at 30 to 120 litres per minute.

LET DOLPHIN GLAZE GIVE YOU AN ADVANTAGE

U-Pol is renowned for advanced chemical technology. The Dolphin Speed Glaze is the latest addition to the premium body filler range. With proprietary snap cure technology, this advanced lightweight formula cures up to three times faster than standard glaze (6 to 8 minutes at 20 degrees), saving shops time and money.

TORK CRAFT Mechanic creeper plastic 6 wheel

Crafted with durability and functionality in mind, the Mechanic Creeper is constructed from high-quality materials to withstand the demands of heavy use. It features a sturdy frame and a low-profile design that allows easy access to the underside of vehicles or hard-to-reach areas.The creeper is equipped with smooth-rolling casters.

SUPERFLEX WATERPAPER FROM GRINDING TECHNIQUES

Superflex Waterpaper sheets play a pivotal role in automotive body repairs and body shop preparation. Designed to use with water as a lubricant, this offers several advantages compared to traditional dry sanding methods. Apart from significantly minimising dust, they are specifically manufactured to prevent clogging during application to ensure a consistent high-quality finish.

HI-TEK-CLOTH FROM TEKNIKLEAN

“Hi-Tek-Cloth” is the ultimate degreasing cloth for the automotive refinishing industry, giving you unparalleled degreasing performance. Each cloth is individually cut and folded in a resealable polybag to prevent contamination. It is an international grade degreasing cloth at local prices, giving you massive monthly cost saving when compared to all other imported degreasing.

DISCOVER THE GAME-CHANGING FEATURES OF THE OCTORAL PF345 RAPID SURFACER

In the fast-paced world of car refinishing, efficiency and cost-effectiveness are crucial. The Octoral PF345 Rapid Surfacer eliminates the need for energy-intensive baking. The 15-20 minute rapid air-dry reduces energy expenses, enhancing process times and making operations more environmentally conscious and productive.

GAV 5000 SERIES BLOWING GUNS FROM VERMONT SALES

Take a closer look at some of the latest products and innovations in the local market. If it makes life easier for the body shop, it’s featured here! From 2K system in an aerosol, newly designed and ranges of spray guns, blowing guns, cutting cremes, air-drying clearcoats and more.

PPG DP8177 RAPID PERFORMANCE CLEARCOAT

D8177 is a fast-drying clearcoat with an optional quick Air Dry Cycle that can be applied in a single visit offering repairers both a significant amount of energy saving and process time improvement, without compromising on performance.

SAGOLA 3300 GTO SHERWIN-WILLIAMS SPRAYGUN

The special edition Sagola 3300 GTO Sherwin-Williams gun delivers high quality finishes for clearcoats and single stage products. It has a high atomisation level with a soft flow valve and smooth trigger to save on paint.

FUTURE TECH

VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

The wonderful world of vehicle manufacturers is under massive pressure to change, driven by legislation, consumer choices and international trading. The collision repairers are down stream of this, and the increasing chaos will have quite an effect, eventually.

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

Andrew Marsh delves into the evolution of ADAS to full autonomy The engineering that is going on across the autonomous vehicle community is astounding, but all of the systems are prototypes.
He also questions how the manufacturers and repairers feature in this, as well as the flow of data needed for these vehicles.

TRADE BARRIERS FOR EUROPE OR FIGHT BACK ON THE CARDS

Andrew takes us through the move towards even better vehicle design, which usually takes years but promises a future of longer life parts. The object is to reduce energy use in both the original manufactured ‘new’ vehicle as well as parts for service or repair, in order to survive today.

MANUFACTURERS RUNNING HARD TO GO NOWHERE FAST

With loads of product variation, leading to more difficult-to-get special parts due to lower production volumes – as well in Europe – product support ceasing five years after the last production of a model. The issues show up in trim items, unique panels, and all the parts typically used in collision repair.

AI CERTAINTY AND THE FUTURE

Those who seek profit and only see everyone else as a route to that profit, will invest in ever more complex ‘machines. The investors won’t care what the machine does as long as profit is delivered. Is this AI at its best? See what Andrew Marsh has to say.

GREY, BLUE, GREEN; THE COLOURS OF HYDROGEN

There are few economic ways to allow a wind turbine or solar farm to produce energy and store it. One route is batteries, which are expensive or another way is to use the otherwise wasted power to create pure hydrogen – ‘green’ hydrogen, to indicate it is made with renewable power.

DISTRESS AT RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE AND AT FORD IN EUROPE

South Africa is in a better place, given most of the world is not following the European ‘BEV or else’ path to oblivion. Parts supply situation remains relatively strong due to domestic manufacturing. Literally the European losses will be gains for South Africa.

CAN GOOGLE AND QUALCOMM TAKE OVER THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY?

From mergers to new companies focussing on electric and internal combustion engines, it’s a labyrinth of chaos as motor manufacturers wheel and deal. Digital partners have been added too and regular suppliers have become integral suppliers. Quite possibly the tail is wagging the dog, but everyone remains silent.

THE SOUNDS OF VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS FIGHTING BACK

Are electric vehicles the best and only way? Is there not a need for one of the world’s largest employers not to make profit? Why should vehicles and transport be devoid of any pleasure, especially the great sound of an engine to get the juices flowing?

LI-ION BATTERIES: SIZE DOES MATTER

What happens if an electric vehicle’s battery is damaged during an accident? What if the battery damage is enough to initiate thermal runaway? If batteries do catch fire they will burn for days inside your work shop and are highly toxic in enclosed spaces – very dangerous!

DRIVEN

ULTRA STYLISH NEW BMW 5 SERIES

The latest BMW 5 series has been launched in South Africa. There are two variants: an all-wheel drive electrified BMW i5 M60, embodying the premium brand’s commitment to future-forward mobility, complemented by a BMW 520d with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Performance and good looks never disappoint with this manufacturer.

THE NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 70 SERIES

The world’s capable rugged 4×4 often describe Toyota’s Land Cruiser, and the latest evolution is just that, with enhanced styling, technology and specifications as well. It blends heritage and modernity effortlessly and is still a head turner.

TOYOTA YARIS

In the realm of high-performance hatchbacks, the Toyota GR Yaris stands as a legendary figure, and it has just received a series of enhancements that aim to elevate its driving experience to new heights. The GR Yaris has undergone meticulous upgrades, embodying the relentless pursuit of excellence that Toyota is renowned for.

HONEY I STRETCHED THE JIMNY

Stuart Johnston takes a look at the updated Suzuki’s Jimny. It has such a fresh honesty about it – its no-nonsense mechanical specification, its back-to-basics squared-off trad SUV styling, and its at an affordable price. What’s not to like about that!

 ALL NEW HONDA HR-V

The new Honda HR-V is a head turner and comes with a full-house of latest technology and safety features. It has tons of space inside and the drive and handling is precise and comfortable.

THE BMW M340i

The BMW M340i xDrive has great driving dynamics with its powerhouse set-up. It is sporty and sophisticated at the same time and is a delight to drive. There are a host of performance-enhancing features to deliver exhilarating driving. A good choice for a driver looking for luxury and performance.

NISSAN QASHQAI

The third-generation Nissan Qashqai redefines the crossover SUV expectations. This latest version has more space, is stylish inside and out as well as equipped with safety technologies designed to keep its passengers safe. It’s available in three models.

HYUNDAI ALL NEW GRAND i10

The latest version of Hyundai’s Grand i10 – it’s biggest seller – has an impressive list of features all wrapped up in a compact package. It brings to the table more room with extra flair and style at a great price. A little car with a big heart.

HYUNDAI TUCSON N LINE

Hyundai’s Tucson N Line is not merely a derivative with a new look – it combines the ultimate dynamic design, comfort and advanced features of the Tucson with the motorsport-inspired styling and attitude of Hyundai’s N Line.

BMW iX3

The new BMW iX3 makes a compelling argument in the Electric Vehicle age. It’s the first EV we have driven that changes our mindset when it comes to all electric vehicles and the dreaded range anxiety. There are three options to spec your BMW iX3 M Sport, Inspiring, Impressive and Signature.

DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads faster than we can count. We also need to grow new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help and organisations are in place to train - this information is in Industry Index.

CLASSIC CARS & RESTORATIONS

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

classic corner & resoration

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology is extremely important.Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads, as well as bringing new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help, organisations are in place to train and we have other helpful information that may crop-up when fixing the cars of now, and those that are still to come.

DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.