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.

NEW RIVETING TECHNOLOGY

NEW RIVETING TECHNOLOGY

Riveting is one of the oldest known techniques for joining different materials. A newly patented riveting technique developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) makes lightweight magnesium easier to form and reduces the time needed to join each rivet.

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THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS IS WRECKING THE ECONOMY

THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS IS WRECKING THE ECONOMY

Body shops will need to embrace air-drying and battery-operated tools to work around the load shedding schedules that see us in a world of turmoil attempting to make a living and keep customers happy. A change of ruling tribe is long overdue!

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COMMITTING TO IN-HOUSE CALIBRATIONS

COMMITTING TO IN-HOUSE CALIBRATIONS

If you decide to bring calibrations in-house, the most important thing you’ll need is commitment. You must commit to doing the job right. Vehicle safety systems have become an integral part of your customers’ driving and a very important job to fix correctly.

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THE PERFECT STORM

THE PERFECT STORM

Businesses continue to grow, even in a tough environment of parts challenges and poor cash flow – just some of the headwinds we experience daily. We need to remain resourceful and persistent, as we always are in this industry.

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CLASSIC CARS AS A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT

CLASSIC CARS AS A WORTHWHILE INVESTMENT

Traditional investments aren’t looking as attractive as classic cars, and even lower priced vehicles these days. The top five cars researched – all models available in SA – gained more value over 10 years than “normal” investments.

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CROMAX TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF MATT FINISHES

CROMAX TAKES THE MYSTERY OUT OF MATT FINISHES

Cromax have introduced the Chroma Matt Clear System which comprises of two inter-mixable clears that can deliver matt to semi-matt finish. The clears are easy to apply, for any type of repair, and have been designed to be simple to reproduce productive results amongst refinishers.

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FORCES SHAPING THE GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

FORCES SHAPING THE GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

What are the trends that are indirectly impacting the local marketplace? Chip shortages remain a high concern, as well as the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions globally, with no common standard for reporting. Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles are set to disappear from Europe by 2035 and other movements.

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GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COLOUR POPULARITY REPORT

GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE COLOUR POPULARITY REPORT

The 70th annual Global Automotive Colour Popularity Report has been published by Axalta Coatings Systems. Globally white is still the most popular – 34% in total – with pearlescent and solid colours the most chosen. White, black, grey and silver are 82% of the colours seen on vehicles to date.

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INDASA’S PROFIT TO PROCESS PROGRAMME

INDASA’S PROFIT TO PROCESS PROGRAMME

Abrasive technology represents a part of an increasingly conscious and fast paced market, influential factors are evolving more and more frequently, resulting in pressures across all aspects of the repair operation. Have a closer look at INDASA’S Process2Profit programme.

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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.