Category Archives: Features

Worked a Treat

It’s often said there’s a first time for everything – and this year’s Halloween certainly proved to be that. On the 31 October and, after a six hour train journey, I arrived in Newcastle for my first experience of the city, my first full-on experience of the ‘Geordie accent’ and, my first trip to Benfield Group Paint and Body Centre […]

British Coatings Federation (BCF)

This month bodyshop catches up with Tom Bowtell, chief executive and Trevor Fielding and Hugh Williams, from the regulatory affairs team of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) to discuss the automotive refinish paint industry. Here we look at the two main issues currently causing concern — non-compliance with volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations and the use of isocyanates in two […]

The Premier League

Farnham based Premier Panel Skills Ltd is no stranger to success. Taking the crown of Nissan Bodyshop of the Year 2014 and being named winner of the body and paint category in the Porsche Classic Restoration Competition 2014 are just two recent examples of what the business has achieved by simply ‘going about its business’. Intrigued to find out more […]

Link up

Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has become an immense business-oriented social platform, with a user database of 300 million people and two new members per second With optimised functionality for iPhone and Android, as well as the continuous release of new products, its reach doesn’t seem to be letting up. Here, Klood’s Lewis Goswell provides the complete guide to […]


‘Patching’ is emerging as a growing trend within car body structural engineering It’s nothing new, but it offers useful solutions for engineering in relation to better crash performance without the weight increases and complication of additional reinforcements of high grade materials, whilst adding challenges for the joining process. Patching is the process of reinforcing a panel with another material in […]

Trim, Sir?

So where do you get seats and a trim kit for a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster these days? bodyshop co-founder, Chris Mann, working on a recommendation, gave the task to Aldridge Trimming and was very glad he did. Some 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to acquire a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster from motoring journalist Ray Potter. Ray had […]

Pole Position

Browsing the website of Ipswich Accident Repair Centre, it was apparent this was one company with a passion for cars, and not just repairing them. bodyshop’s Rebekah Clements took a trip to Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, to visit Rick Kerry director at the site and, not to mention, the first-ever diesel driver in the British Touring Car Championship. With a background […]

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