It’s been a little over a year since one of the biggest consolidation moves took place within the sector – LKQ Euro’s acquisition of iris, along with its five member distributors (Bee Bee, JCA, MKPE, Premier Paints and Sinemaster). This month we catch up with LKQ Coatings’ managing director, Richard Steer to find out about life in the hot-seat. When […]
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In this month’s The Specialist , S&B Automotive Academy provides a fascinating insight into its new virtual reality (VR) paint spraying — designed for both apprentices and skills analysis. What we know of training, may never be the same again… Simulation has always taken a significant role in the delivery of education and training; pilots never fl y a real […]
The knowledge with Andrew Hooker Often the majority of repairs are centred on lighter damage around the exterior, so called ‘light/cosmetic’. However, typically it’s the more severe, structural damage that creates headaches for us, or that leads to the car being a total loss. As a result, Thatcham is facing up to the structural repair challenges of the future. However, […]
With masses of products constantly thrown into the ?spotlight?, it can sometimes be difficult to truly know which ones work best ? sprayguns and associated equipment included. However, the way it performs when in the workplace is the most crucial test. Here, we go straight to those with their finger on the trigger to find out what products they are using, and more importantly, why.
With profitability under pressure and key-to-key times constantly under scrutiny, ensuring the correct use of abrasive products and processes within the bodyshop is vital. However, in a real world, fast paced environment ensuring no shortcomings arise is a challenge. Here, some of the top abrasive manufacturers offer their best practice advice. Rebekah Clements reports.
TrustFord, the newly branded Ford Retail business, by its own admission has been somewhat of a ?sleeping giant? within the accident repair sector. However, that could all be set to change as the business continues its mission to deliver outstanding levels of customer service to Ford owners and beyond. bodyshop caught up with David McNamara, managing director aftersales, TrustFord, to find out more.
With the pending launch of the Audi Q7 which uses a transverse matrix (MQB) platform made of steel and aluminium, and with the recent unveiling of Ford’s lightweight concept car which uses advanced, mixed materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions, it is clear vehicle construction is evolving. What that brings, is new repair methods. Rebekah Clements reports.