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.

SPIES HECKER MATT CLEAR SPECIAL PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP

SPIES HECKER MATT CLEAR SPECIAL PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP

With the matt finish trend still very popular with car manufacturers and car owners alike, Spies Hecker has created a process for its best-in-class Permacron® Matt Clear System, based on Axalta technology, to repair these notoriously tricky finishes. Matt finishes are growing in popularity with a range of gloss levels.

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DESTRUCTIVE WELD TESTING

DESTRUCTIVE WELD TESTING

In the collision repair industry, destructive weld testing is a crucial quality control procedure, carrying significant weight, for body shop managers and technicians, as it directly impacts the safety and structural integrity of repaired vehicles. It’s about ensuring that the weld settings and techniques are up to par before they’re applied.

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FROM AC TO ZAGATO

FROM AC TO ZAGATO

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show at the NEC near Birmingham, UK, had thousands of eager enthusiasts straining at the leash to be first into their motoring paradise, all waiting for the six enormous halls to open, each jam packed with everything classic car, restoration workshops, seminars and much more.

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RARE METAL SHORTAGES COULD SLAM BRAKES ON ELECTRIFICATION

RARE METAL SHORTAGES COULD SLAM BRAKES ON ELECTRIFICATION

Electrification and digitalisation are leading to a steady increase in the need for critical metals in the global vehicle car parc. Moreover, only a small proportion of the metals are currently recycled from end-of-life vehicles. The most sought after are dysprosium, neodymium, manganese and niobium are of great economic importance.

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A NEW WORLD ORDER

A NEW WORLD ORDER

The last three years have been tough, and the immediate future looks tough, too. The global automotive industry is bursting with innovation, heightened by the dualled rate of new product introduction. This affects almost every aspect of the vehicle, where only the cheapest will escape the changes.; an unprecedented time.

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GAV LAUNCHES NEW 5000 SERIES PROFESSIONAL BLOWING GUNS

GAV LAUNCHES NEW 5000 SERIES PROFESSIONAL BLOWING GUNS

The team at GAV have recently introduced a new 5000 series of blowing guns with a lever to allow for airflow adjustment. It is easy to handle thanks to the ergonomic grip and soft touch material inserts. This helps reduce fatigue and hand injuries caused by repetitive movements for the end-user.

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THE REAL BODY SHOP OF THE FUTURE

THE REAL BODY SHOP OF THE FUTURE

With increasing numbers of vehicles being electric or battery electric vehicles we need to rethink our shop layouts so that anyone in any part of the operation will have at least 20 or 30 second run to the nearest exit. Perhaps even moving out towards large open flat space.

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WAE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL

WAE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE HYDROGEN FUEL CELL

The ultra-high performance hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle platform – EVRh – has been developed to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen (H2) powered powertrain systems through implementation in a high- performance vehicle application. The EVRh combines WAE’s extensive vehicle and powertrain engineering experience alongside for end users to have zero tailpipe emissions driving.

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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.