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NOT EVERY RELATIONSHIP IS ABOUT COMPROMISE. ALWAYS USE GENUINE BMW PARTS

When a BMW is involved in an accident, the owner’s priority is of course to have their car restored to how it was before the collision. That includes repairing damage to the bodywork so that it looks as good as new, and replacing any impacted parts, to enjoy their repaired vehicle.

 FORD SA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR 

It is an exciting period for Ford South Africa because they needed a dynamic sales director to lead the company and their dealers into this new era. They are confident that Ryan Searle has the experience and drive to achieve these objectives and they welcome him into the Ford Family.

BP CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN SOUTH AFRICA

BP Southern Africa (bpSA) notches up one hundred years of fuelling South Africa this month, and will use the milestone to refresh and re-energise for the next century and beyond.
A programme of centenary events is planned over the coming months to thank employees, partners, dealers and stakeholders.

SOUTH AFRICA’S 2024 CAR OF THE YEAR IS…. 

The BMW 7 Series clinched the 2024 SA Car of the Year (COTY) title at a prestigious gala event held on the 8th of May in Johannesburg. Among 18 finalists, it emerged as a standout contender, impressing COTY jurors from the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) throughout the evaluation process.

WORLDSKILLS SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL COMPETITION 2025 APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN

WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellence and development. WorldSkills brings youth, industries, and educators together to give youth the chance to compete, experience, and learn how to become the best in their skill of choice.  Worldskills is making a direct impact on raising the level of skills throughout the world.

VOTE FOR ME AND MAKE ME RICH!

South Africans are tremendously passionate and resilient and we do have a bright future – we just have to see it, roll up our sleeves and take it back. Understand your power as an individual and make your mark count. Nothing and no one is ever beyond repair.

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.

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WHY OH WHY IS ACCIDENT DATA OF AUTHORISED VEHICLE REPAIR BEING SOLD TO THIRD PARTIES

There are a number of open questions that need public intervention when it comes to the sale of private vehicle accident data compiled from data of major insurance companies. Details of any previous accidents that a vehicle may have been involved in its life on the road appear to be sold without the vehicle owners’ knowledge.

MODERN COLLISION REPAIR CENTRE, COLOUR REFINISH EXCELLENCE

Nico Higgs, the founding father of the most impressive and inspiring repair centre, Modern Collision Repair Centre (MCR), in the heart of Mpumalanga, he will always wax lyrical about becoming the first body shop to adopt the latest Standoblue hydro technology when it was launched back in 2010 by Axalta.

HYUNDAI SA AFTERMARKET TEAM ON THE MOVE

The team from Hyundai SA Parts Distribution Centre recently held a national roadshow engaging with their repair partners. These body shops are part of the Hyundai Automotive Repair Programme (HARP) and the roadshow was to re-establish active contact and communication with HARP members.

MOTOR INSURANCE; IS IT WORTH ALL THE FRICTION?

The growing crisis in vehicle valuation and the effect of pared back damage evaluation is leading to more customers being short changed, and a building problem of sub-standard repaired vehicles which have by-passed collision repairers. The amount of money involved is astounding, but the system is not working well.

GLASURIT 100 LINE PAINT SOLUTIONS – PROVEN PERFORMANCE!

In the ever-evolving world of automotive refinishing, staying ahead of the curve is not just a goal; it’s a necessity. Enter Glasurit 100 Line, the game-changing paint solution that is reshaping the industry landscape with its unparalleled innovation and commitment to excellence. Glasurit 100 Line boasts unrivalled colour precision.

new products

SURFACE M “N” M MATTING MOUSSE FROM CONCEPT 23

The Surf-ACE M’n’M Matting-Mousse is a triple action flatting paste that abrades, cleans, and degreases all at once. It is for the preparation of panels for painting and blending in of new paintwork when carrying out local repairs and for clear coat preparation.

XCÉLA LIGHTFILA BODYFILLER

Xcéla Lightfila Bodyfiller is a lightweight body filler formulated to reduce pinholes and sands easily. It has an extra smooth lightweight consistency. It is suitable for a variety of different substrates including aluminium, galvanised steel, stainless steel, base metal and many others.

U-POL SA OFFERS MAXIMUM CLEARCOAT & HARDENERS

Introducing the Maximum range from U-Pol. The clearcoats and hardeners have a great gloss finish. Maximum is a crystal-clear finish that is easy to apply with excellent flow and non-sag properties. It hardens rapidly to give a durable, UV resistant finish. Once cured, it can be easily polished.

SPEED RANDOM ORBITAL SANDER FROM MIX AND MATCH

The Speed Random Orbital Sander carries its own air regulator for speed modulation on different surfaces that require various detailing tasks. It is available with a full exhaust dust extraction pipe for a fast hook up to any body shop vacuum unit.

DEBEER REFINISH 8-347 FAST SURFACER

With DeBeer’s 8-347 Fast Surfacer, air-drying takes just 15-20 minutes, and you take away the need for energy intensive baking, helping your back pocket and the environment at the same time. The semi-gloss appearance makes it easy to see where is already sanded.

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

THE NEW BMW X2

The BMW X2 marks a significant stride forward in the evolution of the Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) concept. Its distinct design, characterised by a daring coupé silhouette and dynamic lines, ensures that the X2 captures attention with its charismatic presence. This second generation establishes a new standard in the premium compact segment.

NEW RANGE ROVER STEALTH PACK

In the latest rendition of the Range Rover Sport, the optional Stealth Pack catapults the vehicle’s performance to unprecedented levels, boasting a dark and dramatic theme that radiates sophistication and power. Every detail of the exterior is meticulously crafted to perfection, establishing a new realm of automotive excellence

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.

Breaking News

OCTORAL PRODUCTS TO HELP WITH LOAD SHEDDING

Octoral have a wealth of research and development behind their products. Under the spotlight are two clears that need little or no energy to cure, which will help with keep costs lower and throughput higher.

AUTO BODY SPECIALISTS WIN BMW AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR CENTRE OF THE YEAR

Auto Body Specialists (ABS) were awarded the BMW Body Shop of the Year Award for 2022. Inside their office is a “Wall of Excellence” featuring countless trophies awards from across the collision repair industry. There is no doubt that the team at ABS take quality workmanship and customer experience strive to be the best-of-the-best.

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IBIS 2024 RHODES GREECE

IBIS Global 2024 will be from 21-23 May in the captivating destination of Rhodes, Greece. Located at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort, IBIS Global Summit 2024 offers an immersive experience, serving as a hub for profound discussions, innovative approaches to industry challenges, and unparalleled networking opportunities. The theme is Transforming Tomorrow Together.

ACCREDITED TRADE TESTING CENTRE FOR AUTO BODY REPAIRS AND SPRAY PAINTING

C3 Auto Body Repair are able to assist with accredited trade testing and training services for Automotive Spray Painting and Autobody Repairs. They are located in Bloemfontein and are able to help with arranging accommodation and transport during testing.

CRYSTAL BALL VIEW IS MOST LIKELY NEEDED FOR THIS YEAR

What can we expect in the collision repair industry this year? Take a look at what Steve Kessel, Operations Director at the Collision Repair Association (CRA) has to say about the great things achieved with CRA members and possibly headwinds heading our way.

CITY PAINT AND ABRASIVES

City Paint and Abrasives relaunched their Brackenfell store in the Western Cape to offer a full retail experience for their customers. Qualified staff are present on the shop floor to assist with queries and you can wait for your mixed colours in comfort or shop a little in the meantime.

CELETTE UP SERVICE IN KZN

Celette SA have been converting spraybooths at a rapid pace in KZN this year. Overall costs drop by approximately 30% when you install the direct gas burner heat exchanger on a booth. Celette SA offer a range of jigs, tools, infra-red and welding equipment for all shops.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH NEIL ABRAHAMS

Neil Abrahams is Territory Sales Manager – South Africa Automotive Finishes Division for the Sherwin-Williams Company, recently sat with Automotive Refinisher to give us a more in-depth look into their products, training, back-up support and much more.

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT CHRISTINE BOORMAN AND DR SMASH

A passion for the collision repair is what Christine Boorman exudes as she answers some questions about her history in the industry and the Dr Smash package. 2023 will see more great changes for Dr Smash with new systems and structures that will be released to make business easier.

LUXOR NAMED NUMBER ONE VALUE BRAND

With value brands growing in the segment of repair across the country, Luxor, with their refinish systems of Carvello, Autogold and Xcéla were delighted with the top spot of a survey done at the end of last year. They have approximately 500 refinish and industrial distributors

SAINT-GOBAIN HAS GOT YOUR WORKSPACE COVERED WITH a.b.e FLOOR COATINGS

Saint-Gobain, your one-stop-shop for body shops, also have a.b.e epoxy paints within their range. The epoxy range is robust as well as oil and petrol resistant which is ideal for the automotive industry.

WHAT IS PIXELPAINT

PixelPaint was designed for millenial’s who desire a more customised look. This is a less labour-intensive option of ink that produces a two-colour decorative paint effect with less work, waste and cost that is often associated with custom paint work. You can paint complex patterns in high resolution.

NEW PRODUCTS

EXTENDED LITHIUM BATTERY PACK FOR FESTOOL POLISHER AETSC125

The new ETSC 125 cordless compact sanders ensure unparalleled mobility and ease of movement when working. The powerful 18 V battery pack with 3.0 Ah guarantees power similar to that of a mains-powered tool. With an extremely compact design, balanced weight distribution and perfect ergonomics only weighing 1.4 kg. A dust-free, healthy working environment:

SAGOLA NEW MINI XTREME SPRAY GUN

SAGOLA presents its top technological expression in bodywork finishing spray guns. Smaller, lighter, with optimal weight distribution and more comfortable. The mini Xtreme is Sagola’s SMART repair spray gun.
With a new shiny and modern design carefully designed ergonomics, which offer enviable balance, usability and perfect mechanisation.

HURRICANE EQUIPMENT GEARBOX OIL EXCHANGE CLEANING MACHINE

The ATF-20DT Electric Auto Gearbox Oil Exchange cleaning machine sets the same regulation to create an automatic flow of oil circulation. It switches after the oil has been changed and is fast and efficient. It replaces the new oil with the exact amount and clears the gearbox of oil sludge and impurities.

TORK CRAFT 20V IMPACT DRIVER TC20090

This impact driver combines the drill’s rotational force with bursts of impact similar to an impact wrench to drive and remove fasteners efficiently. The ¼” quick change chuck accepts all ¼” hex screwdriving attachments. With the powerful 20V battery it delivers up to 110Nm of torque, while the built-in LED worklight illuminates the work area. Fastening capacities: Machine screw 4-8mm Standard bolt 5-14mm High tensile bolt 5-12mm

MOXICAL DRYING AND STORAGE RACKS FOR BODY SHOPS

The latest addition to Moxical’s range are locally made panel and bumper stands. They are made from high quality steel and can be wall mounted – whatever your shop needs. These racks allow for safe storage and drying in the body shop.
Call Thomas on 082 785 4006 or visit www.moxical.co.za to place your order or find out more. Distributors welcome.

SPRALAC SP0190 OPACITY WHITE

Body shops are always looking for ways to create cost efficiencies within the repair process. To help customers achieve savings, Spralac products deliver results similar to premium brands at a more competitive price point.The High Opacity White is a 2K white topcoat that offers good coverage for passenger and commercial vehicles.

SPOT WELD DRILL BITS FROM CELETTE SA

Celette SA offer spot weld drill bits with a very high-grade cobalt alloy that are extremely durable TiCN coating. This gives the workpiece its extreme toughness and a very good hot hardness strength. The precise edge geometry and concentricity accuracy boost the drill bit’s breakage resistance and service life.

GUNIWHEEL VEHICLE MOUNTING SYSTEM

GUNIWHEELTM is a universal vehicle mounting system with a tyre and wheellike design. With GUNIWHEELTM you are able to safely move a vehicle off of lifts and out of repair bays within your body shop while eliminating damage caused by unstable jack stands as the car stands with no wheels.

FESTOOL’S CORDLESS PERCUSSION DRILL TPC 18/4 BASIC QUADRIVE

The Festool TPC 18/4 works with screws and drills with larger diameters. It works rapidly for clean work progress when working with small diameters. The TPC is extremely durable thanks to its brushless EC-TEC motor, which has extreme resilience and endurance.
The flexible cordless system for applications with high power needs.

ITALCO AC6003 FILTER

This triple stage filter unit from Italco has a fine filter and activated charcoal cartridge to deliver the perfect solution for dry and clean compressed air. If you are experiencing lack of adhesion, dust, fish eyes and other problems on your coated surfaces, this could be a problem due to your compressed air supply.

FUTURE TECH

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!

THE TRUTH ABOUT PARTS SHORTAGES

One of the markers of the Covid-19 pandemic was the scale of misleading information and indeed downright lies that were punted around by major individuals, companies and even governments. It has become very hard indeed to cut through the fog of ‘stories’ and click bait to understand objectively what is

DRIVEN

THE ALL-NEW HYUNDAI PALISADE

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.

THE NEW BMW X1

The BMW X1 third generation model has just launched in a petrol and diesel engine. It’s a well put together vehicle for the cross over segment, that has a quality look and feel. Restructured equipment packages enable targeted individualisation of the car.

BMW 3 SERIES

Every seventh BMW sold is a 3 Series, making this iconic model a much sought-after car. It has a 45-year old legacy and the new 3 Series has just launched locally. Take a more indepth look here.

SEVENTH HEAVEN

The seventh generation BMW 7 series is opulence personified. From the outside in, it’s a touch of elegance and full to the brim with the latest digital technology for infotainment as well as safety features. The 7 Series now offers its first all-electric BMW i7 xDrive60.

HILUX GR – AN INSTANT ICON AFTER 2023 DAKAR

The GR bit in the new sporty Hilux’s nameplate refers to Gazoo Racing, the competition arm of Toyota internationally. It won’t hurt the demand for the new GR Sport one bit that by mid-January 2023 a Toyota Hilux had won the famous Dakar for the second year on the trot!

FORD’S RANGER RAPTOR SE

The Ford Ranger Raptor SE is a monster of a truck with imposing looks and a wild appeal. It’s a great ride around town and on the highway, but it comes into its own off-roading. With all the mod-cons and technology part of the package, what’s not to like?

HYUNDAI VENUE

The updated Hyundai Venue looks to maintain its popularity on the local market with its refreshed looks. The addition of an N-Line sporty version of this model will definitely get the taste buds drooling, however, safety is still paramount in the fit and feel of this funky vehicle

THE FORD EVEREST SPORT 4X4

The Ford Everest Sport is certainly a beefed-up seven-seater family SUV with attitude. It has excellent ground clearance and is a great drive off-road or in normal day-to-day needs. The interior and exterior match in comfort and sharp design, with tons of safety and infotainment options included.

THE RETURN OF THE GLADIATOR

South African motorists (mainly farmers) were exposed to the Jeep Gladiator nameplate way back in the 1960s, when it was basically a no-nonsense, single cab bakkie with impressive off-road capability. This new Jeep, based on an extended Wrangler platform, is nothing like that.
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator, launched in mid-June,

THE ALL NEW BALENO FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki is aiming for monthly sales in the region of 500 units with its new Baleno, and the way Suzuki is climbing up the South African sales charts, there seems to be little reason why this won’t be achievable. In June Suzuki cemented its third place in the overall sales

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