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FORD JOB CUTS IN EUROPE

Ford plans to cut more than 5 000 jobs in Germany and will reduce its workforce in Britain as it seeks to return to profit in Europe. The company has offered voluntary buy-outs for employees in Germany and Britain,...

NICO RETIRES FROM NAAMSA AFTER 37 YEARS

Nico Vermeulen retired from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) at the end of March after 37 years of yeoman service to this important automotive industry body. NAAMSA itself has a history of 85 years...
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FORD CARS EASILY BROKEN INTO; CLAIM

After complaints of easily broken-into EcoSports and Fiestas went viral, Ford has stepped up with a solution. This comes after numerous owners of various Ford Fiesta and EcoSport models complained about losing valuables after identical car break-ins, which they blame on easy-to-pick locks...

OCTORAL’S FAST DRYING, AND SCRATCH RESISTANT

Car refinishers who like to work efficiently will be impressed by the introduction of Octoral C450 Scratch Resistant Rapid Repair Clear. This technologically advanced clearcoat yields time savings of between 30% and 50%.  Octoral has expanded its range of clear coats with an...
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EU ANTI-TRUST STUDYING CAR REPAIRS MARKET

EU regulators are studying how the car repairs market works following demands from customers for more competition. European Union regulators are studying how the car repairs market works following demands from customers for more competition, but they have not...

OCTORAL INTRODUCES HIGH PRODUCTION NON-SANDING PRIMER

There’s good news for experts in the automotive industry. Octoral has developed a primer specifically geared towards OEM and aftermarket panels, that now allow process steps to be skipped without sacrificing that perfect finish. Octoral PH254 High Production Non-Sanding Primer puts a shorter turnaround time...

PPG PARTNERS WITH BELL RACING HELMETS

PPG are proud to supply their products to Bell Racing Helmets whose customers include several Formula 1 drivers, as well as countless world champions and racing teams.   The expert quality and paint development abilities of PPG presents opportunities for partnerships with companies...
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EDITORIAL – RUNNING OUT ROAD

Is the body shop business flat or is rampant insurance skulduggery hard at work? Not a week seems to go by where a new insurance broker or trade car damage appraiser company is issuing some new demand on workflow....

ROAD ACCIDENT FUND CRASHES OUT

The Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) latest annual report admitted that it’s insolvent, with liabilities exceeding assets by over R206 billion at the end of March 2018. The auditor general's report to the financial statements concluded there’s “significant doubt on...

CUSTOM CORNER – MCLAREN M10-B

Working every day on rebuilding some small parts of an ageing Formula 5000 racer is what Andrew Thompson does to make a living. He is currently about to release the rebirth of a class-leading McLaren M10-B and it’s the...