WHAT’S HOT

The latest in what’s happening in the South African market of collision repair is featured in What’s Hot. Keep up-to-date with new products, training developments, technical know-how and much more.

MODERN COLLISION REPAIR CENTRE, COLOUR REFINISH EXCELLENCE

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.

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HYUNDAI SA AFTERMARKET TEAM ON THE MOVE

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.

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MOTOR INSURANCE; IS IT WORTH ALL THE FRICTION?

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.

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GLASURIT 100 LINE PAINT SOLUTIONS – PROVEN PERFORMANCE!

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.

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BALCO AUTO COATINGS NELSPRUIT ON THE MOVE

BALCO AUTO COATINGS NELSPRUIT ON THE MOVE

Balco Auto Coatings Nelspruit have needed to expand due to the success of being one of the largest PPG distributors. The company was established back in the 1920s and has adapted along the way to celebrate their clients, their company and the PPG team.

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RARER-THAN RARE AMERICAN CLASSICS

RARER-THAN RARE AMERICAN CLASSICS

Kobus Mostert is a car collector extraordinaire. He recently opened a private museum in George to house some amazingly rare and valuable American cars that form just part of his vast collection, inviting members of the Southern Cape Old Car Club for a preview to drink in cars that have world-wide collector value.

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SAGOLA TEAM ARE SUPER ACTIVE AROUND THE WORLD

SAGOLA TEAM ARE SUPER ACTIVE AROUND THE WORLD

The team at Sagola have had their work cut out for them in the first quarter of 2024. Sagola products are now available globally. The team from Elcometer UK, have a vision and activity plan to enable their end-users to see the latest technology in refinish application that they have to offer.

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A PLACE FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION

A PLACE FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION

Who is the greatest racing driver? All names, fact and figures can be quoted and debated. We should however have to travel back further in time, because there is one driver who dominated racing in the 1960s and is the benchmark against all other drivers measured themselves – Jim Clark.

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AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNESBURG – FUTUROAD LOGISTICS REVIEW

AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNESBURG – FUTUROAD LOGISTICS REVIEW

A CEO breakfast for Automechanika South Africa was held recently at Kyalami. It put the local logistics and road freight future in focus, as industry big hitters attended the function. They looked to evaluate the prospective growth of local logistics and newly contemplated connected vehicle technology going forward.

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THE SUZUKI SALES PHENOMENON IN SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES…

THE SUZUKI SALES PHENOMENON IN SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES…

Since 2017, Suzuki has leapfrogged its way up the sales charts. This company continues to astound local industry commentators and its competitors in the South African vehicle market as it has outsold Volkswagen/Audi in terms of retail sales through its dealers for each of the first three months of 2024.

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THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR!

THERE IS ONLY ONE RAPTOR!

Raptor Coatings has succeeded in the 4×4, caravan and RV industry due to its resilient durability off-road. It doesn’t need any expensive equipment and Raptor is the only comprehensive range where all products are available in aerosols as well for the DIY enthusiast. Raptor comes in black, white, and tintable.

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THE CHALLENGE OF CHINESE VEHICLES

THE CHALLENGE OF CHINESE VEHICLES

Now with numerous Chinese brands flooding Europe and moving into the UK, Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services, discusses the challenges surrounding the repairs of these new models. Having anticipated China’s emergence as a mass car producer, Thatcham Research began working with its vehicles manufacturers several years ago.

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VEHICLE DAMAGE QUANTIFICATION DEVELOPMENTS

VEHICLE DAMAGE QUANTIFICATION DEVELOPMENTS

There is a new development programme for Vehicle Damage Quantifiers (VDQ) members, who meet the minimum criteria to acquire a VDQ qualification through a statutory Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process at a QCTO Service Provider. There is a need to build a skilled workforce pool in this sector.

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TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR MADE EASY

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR AIR COMPRESSOR MADE EASY

An air compressor is a vital piece of equipment that helps you power various tools and machinery by converting power into potential energy stored in compressed air. When it stops working, it can be due to several reasons that may range from a simple fix to a complex repair.

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AXALTA LAUNCHES ACADEMY GLOBALLY

AXALTA LAUNCHES ACADEMY GLOBALLY

The Axalta Academy, a state-of-the-art global training platform for refinish professionals, has launched globally in 15 languages to empower refinishers to maintain and to improve their specialised competencies with top-class training. The platform adjusts to the way in which they work, and is backed by Axalta’s unrivalled, industry-leading expertise.

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BODY FILLERS, WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THEM?

BODY FILLERS, WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THEM?

This versatile putty, mud, goo, whatever your slang term, is an essential product that helps us return a crushed vehicle to its glory. It can be perfect for scratches, dents and even for treating rust perforations.  Here are some best practises and tips for applying this miracle of modern science.

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FORD IMPROVES ITS EXPORTS INTO AFRICA

FORD IMPROVES ITS EXPORTS INTO AFRICA

Ford has been an also-ran for the past few years in terms of its exports of built-up vehicles into Africa. Even this year its sales of the new Ranger have been disappointing. Then, unexpectedly last November, it sold 924 units into Africa to top the list of local manufacturers and distributors.

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RAMP UP FOR HYDROGEN

RAMP UP FOR HYDROGEN

GM and Honda have announced the start of production at their 50/50 joint venture production facility, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) – the first large-scale manufacturing joint venture to build commercialised hydrogen fuel cells. GM and Honda share in the belief that hydrogen and fuel cell technology play a big role in meeting zero-emission needs.

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AI AND THE IMPACT ON THE AUTO BODY INDUSTRY

AI AND THE IMPACT ON THE AUTO BODY INDUSTRY

How is AI being used and applied in the auto body world? It’s largely centred around “computer vision,” which is a computer analysing images and then taking that, along with other inputs, to help with writing an estimate or determining if a car is a total loss.

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DAIHATSU ACCUSED FOR FORGING SAFETY RESULTS

DAIHATSU ACCUSED FOR FORGING SAFETY RESULTS

Toyota Motor Corp, has ceased production indefinitely in four of its Japanese factories. This follows a recent suspension of vehicle shipments globally due to the discovery of flawed safety testing. The Japanese government is looking into allegations that the company falsely passed safety tests on certain car models for over 30 years.

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UK POTHOLE DAMAGE AT A FIVE-YEAR HIGH

UK POTHOLE DAMAGE AT A FIVE-YEAR HIGH

Pothole-related breakdowns are at a five-year high with new data showing that spending on road maintenance has almost halved in a little over a decade. Data shows that the worst area for potholes in the UK is Northumberland with over 180 000 reported over four years.

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AI AND WHITE-COLLAR JOB DISPLACEMENT CAN HELP SKILLS SHORTAGE

AI AND WHITE-COLLAR JOB DISPLACEMENT CAN HELP SKILLS SHORTAGE

The rise of artificial intelligence has brought significant changes to many industries, leading to both challenges and opportunities in the job market. As AI continues to evolve, it has led to layoffs in some white-collar sectors while opening new avenues in others, including the collision repair trade.

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REAL RESEARCH SURVEY INFORMATION RELEASED

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.

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PPG SA LAUNCH QUICKLINE®

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.

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GENEVA 2024 THE END OR A NEW START

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?

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OCTORAL PF345G RAPID SURFACER

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.

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A NEW DIRECTION IS NEEDED URGENTLY

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?

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MIX & MATCH FLYING WITH THE CHALLENGER BRAND

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.

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THE POWER OF ONE… SO LET’S PULL TOGETHER

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.

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QUOTING FOR PAINT ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

QUOTING FOR PAINT ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

What is a fair price to pay for paintwork in collision repair? How can you determine this fairly and accurately? PaintWizz has the answer, and is a local product, conceived by two body shop owners who understand the business backwards. Take away guess work and increase your bottom line.

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WORLDSKILLS SA 2024

WORLDSKILLS SA 2024

This year’s WorldSkills 2024 was a very close contest, held at the BASF Refinish Competence Centre (RCC) in Midrand. Kai Pietersen, from False Bay College is this year’s winner and will represent South Africa in Lyon, France, in September this year.

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GAS CONVERSIONS INCREASE FROM CELETTE SA

GAS CONVERSIONS INCREASE FROM CELETTE SA

With the constant and rapid increase in the cost of diesel fuel, the case for a change to an LPG gas fired heating system is on the increase. Celette South Africa are the importers of specialist LPG burners. Improve your body shop activity by increasing workflow and save on costs.

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WHAT MAKES SAGOLA DIFFERENT?

WHAT MAKES SAGOLA DIFFERENT?

Sagola understand their client’s needs. They have worked closely across the world with major refinish brands to determine each of their requirements. This enables their guns to deliver faster atomisation with an ultra-fine and a smooth loading with the material being used.

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NEW NANO TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL AFFECT THE PAINT SHOP

NEW NANO TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL AFFECT THE PAINT SHOP

Paint and body shops are little by little adapting their work processes to new technologies to get better results in their repairs. Nanotechnology is a way for research and development labs to experiment with the design and manipulation of matter, at the atom or molecular level, with industrial purposes.

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MERCEDES-BENZ MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY

MERCEDES-BENZ MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY

Mercedes-Benz are able to shoot 1 000 images per second with their Ultrashort X-ray technology, during a crash test. With over 900 crash tests done a year by them, they take safety very seriously and have now opened up a whole new world for repair unseen until now.

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VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

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.

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PASSION FOR SPEED

PASSION FOR SPEED

A record entry was seen at this years’ “Passion for Speed” historic Formula One contingent. It was a memorable meeting with a packed race card that started before 8 am and continued well into the evening at Zwarkops Raceway, Pretoria.

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SUZUKI PLANNING TO MAKE FLYING CARS WITH SKYDRIVE

SUZUKI PLANNING TO MAKE FLYING CARS WITH SKYDRIVE

Suzuki, the Japanese carmaker said it had reached an agreement with SkyDrive to make “flying cars”. The companies will use a Suzuki Group factory in central Japan to make electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and aim to begin production by around spring next year

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EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY FROM BUZZWORD TO TRANSFORMATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

EMBRACING SUSTAINABILITY FROM BUZZWORD TO TRANSFORMATIVE BUSINESS MODEL

Sustainability used to be a buzzword that appeared in annual reports. It now translates into robust, transformative business models that reside at the core of operations, aligns fully with strategy, and ensures marketplace differentiation. If there was any doubt that shift had taken place, the tale of the tape clearly tells the story.

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CALCULATE PAINT QUOTATION VALUES ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

CALCULATE PAINT QUOTATION VALUES ACCURATELY WITH PAINTWIZZ

As a result of over three years of research and development by expert body shop owners, the PaintWizz system can accurately calculate the paint volumes required to coat specific vehicle parts in line with actual repair operations. This system will deliver a much more modernised form of quoting for paint repairs.

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TOYOTA SOMI 2024

TOYOTA SOMI 2024

The state of the motor industry in South Africa was spotlighted at the annual media get-together and the market situation was explained as well as the challenges in parts availability due to South Africa’s port problems. Despite this, Toyota will continue to advance and feature many new drivetrain derivatives.

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SAGOLA EXPAND DEALER BASE IN SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DISTRIBUTION

SAGOLA EXPAND DEALER BASE IN SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DISTRIBUTION

Sagola announced new opportunities through a national distribution footprint supported by Sherwin-Williams appointed distributors and their multiple other partnerships in and around South Africa. They have experienced a marked increase with the popular DeBeer and Octoral refinish systems, and now have decided to include the Sagola range into their customer offerings.

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DISCOVER UNPARALLELLED EXCELLENCE WITH BASF’S 

DISCOVER UNPARALLELLED EXCELLENCE WITH BASF’S 

In a breakthrough moment for automotive refinishing in South Africa, BASF Coatings Services, is set to launch its highly anticipated Glasurit 100 Line. This cutting-edge product range promises to redefine industry standards, offering advanced technology and superior quality finishes. It is also gearing up to provide extensive training.

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 INTRODUCING INDASA MIXING SYSTEM

 INTRODUCING INDASA MIXING SYSTEM

The INDASA Group have launched a new professional mixing system, designed to transform paint application in the body shop. The INDASA Mixing System (IMS) marks the company’s inaugural entry into the spray booth. It is designed with efficiency in mind and optimises material flow and ensures consistent paint transfer.

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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.