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METALS – Strongest Titanium Alloy to Improve Fuel Economy

A titanium alloy, stronger than any commercial titanium alloy currently on the market, gets its strength from the novel way atoms are arranged to form a special nanostructure. For the first time, researchers have been able to see this...

INSURANCE – An Industry in Crisis by Mark Hadaway

In today’s climate, it would no doubt be fashionable to say there is more that unites the motor insurance industry that divides it. But a few soundbites from the Motor Insurance Summit 2017 held at the Waldorf Hotel in...

GLOBAL NEWS IBIS – PEOPLE KEY TO THE FUTURE

Some 380 of the industry’s leading global influencers heard that ‘people’ are likely to be the greatest challenge for the collision repair sector in the coming years, at the IBIS Global Summit 2017 held at Meliá Castilla hotel in...

GM UPDATE – Williams Hunt to Drive Opel Distribution

Opel cemented its commitment to South Africa, revealing plans to further strengthen the brand and grow its market presence in the country with a new distributor and new exciting entries to its portfolio. The Williams Hunt group has been appointed...

Did You Hear? By Roger McCleery

Seven makes of motor car have departed South Africa since 2008. First there was Seat from Spain, then came Saab and Cadillac in 2010, the Japanese Daihatsu in 2015, Citroën left last year and Chev and Chrysler have departed...

TRAINING – BASF AND VWSA UPSKILLING

BASF Coatings Services training programmes are renowned in the industry and an important reason why many car manufacturers choose to work with the refinish paint supplier. In testament, at the beginning of 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa has partnered...

YATU LAUNCHES NEW EC PLUS SYSTEM

Automotive Paint Centre recently held an expanded dealer convention in Durban, to introduce some of the latest refinish products, training and services now on offer from China’s largest car refinish paint company. Yatu has seen phenomenal growth since its...

CRA UPDATE BY STEVE KESSEL

The 2014 Code of Motor Salvage document is a tome of a document which sets out to formalise a path forward on vehicle scrapping and accident damage repair. Devised by SAIA and largely replicating the United Kingdom’s legislation, it...

WRITING OFF A FUTURE? BY ANDREW MARSH

The tale that will unfold is all about the point where pure commerce leaves reality, where everything – and everyone – has a price. The result is that whilst the UK motor insurance industry is already facing oblivion due...

VICAN MANUFACTURING AND MIPA FROM GERMANY EXPAND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK IN SA

The team from Vican & Mipa have been working hard developing their South African dealer footprint with new distribution appointments in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Thanks to excellent market place acceptance of the premium, yet affordable professional coatings system, their expansion...