• With 2015 coming to a close, the most significant trends in the U.S. collision repair market continue to be the impact of new materials, the increasing importance of OEM certifications and the continuing growth of Multi-Site Operation (MSO) businesses--especially the largest MSOs.
  • In an effort to better inform the industry on major technological changes, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) kicked off their 2015-16 schedule by hosting two meetings that covered the basics of repairs on aluminum-intensive vehicles.
  • Starting in the fourth quarter, Ford Motor Co. planned to begin using multiple components in the F-150 pickup made from next-generation aluminum produced through Alcoa's Micromill process.
    Brian Albright
  • Brembo, a world leader in the design and manufacture of braking systems for the automotive industry, presented a new family of aluminium calipers for high-end cars at the 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA), September 15-16.
  • Keith Kern, general manager of CCW Forged Performance, says the Daytona Series was engineered from years of CCW track experience to produce a unique, strong and lightweight wheel.
  • Evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of technicians and shop owners, the PTEN Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products introduced in the last year to the automotive aftermarket.
  • Analyzing and repairing damage to aluminum vehicle components is no more difficult than for traditional steel vehicle components. All you need is the right equipment and a basic understanding of how aluminum characteristics affect the repair process.
    Aluminum repair
  • Galvanic corrosion, which is caused by contact between two dis-similar metals (and exposed to moisture, water, salt, etc.) has been a concern in the collision industry for many years. To minimize or eliminate the risk of cross contamination, shops must have a dedicated set of  tools that will only be used on aluminum panels.