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BREXIT, DOOM, MORE DOOM AND A SIDE ORDER OF BREXIT

Dear friends, we here in the UK – helpfully defined by our un-elected European bureaucrats as England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Scilly Islands and the Isle of Man – seem to be obsessed by our imminent departure from...

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND

We are part of the biggest global technology and social upheaval right now, and collision repair is very much part of that change. In this article we shall take a look at an area where technology impact has changed...

FUTURE TECH – ELECTRICITY, DRIVER ASSISTANCE AND A COMPLETE MUDDLE BY ANDREW MARSH

Mansplaining - a man explaining to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronising. What follows is emphatically not Mansplaining. I just happen to be male. In this era of taking offence at everything which...

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP MELTDOWN, OR IS IT HYPE?

The global media can’t believe its luck. A famously cash rich vehicle manufacturer pushing to become the biggest in the world nearly three years ahead of their own plan, caught red handed by the USA Environmental Protection Agency bending...

ELECTRIC DRIVE, ZERO EMISSIONS AND INTERNATIONAL POSING

There is a world of difference between repairing vehicles and the spangly glitz of the super-rich posing beside the very latest in super-expensive automotive ‘art’ at a motor show. Yet, for every single billionaire there are quite literally tens...

GENEVA FINDS ITSELF BACK IN THE 1960s

There is some ‘olde worlde’, certainly expensive and ultimately charming aspects of life in Geneva. For a country that famously has only ever had a few attempts at creating vehicles (Monteverdi, Sbarro and Sauber for example) it is completely,...

RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI ALLIANCE GROWING PAINS

Here tale of corporate posturing and growth…. You will not believe the scale of personal reward. Renault had existed under the wing of the French Government for many, many decades, to the point it had lost its way with...

AUTONOMY, AUTO PILOT CARS MIND THE GAP

Feedback from repairers, insurers and vehicle manufacturers say that the inclusion of stiffer, higher grade materials and more efficient impact load paths are leading to damage which is being underestimated. For quite some time, BMW were pressing home the message...

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND PART 2

Commodity traders were the very first financial service providers, relying on a complex system of trust – ‘My word is my bond’. The practice has continued for many centuries, passing down from large farms / shipping agents / manufacturing...

GENERIC INFORMATION AND MODERN COLLISION REPAIR

By Andrew Marsh Once upon a time, more than 40 years ago, vehicle construction had the following characteristics: Panels for skin as well as structural parts were made from predominantly mild steel. Multi-material referred to the vinyl on the roof, glued over...