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From Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director: The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is an organization that has been deeply supported both personally by me, as well as the ABPA, throughout the years. Supporting and promoting education in the collision repair industry helps to ensure our industry’s future and promotes goodwill to the future customers of ABPA members. Read more…


Source: Automotive Service Association Well-recognized industry leader tapped to lead organization during crucial time of change. NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS, Dec. 13, 2018 – ASA has a new leader. Ray Fisher, executive director of ASA’s Michigan affiliate, has been selected to head the Automotive Service Association as its executive director/president, beginning Jan. 2, 2019. Fisher, AMAM, replaces Read more…


Source: Mitchell International The Latest Technology Trends, Industry Insights, Data and Analyses on the Property & Casualty and Collision Repair Industries SAN DIEGO — Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property and Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, today released its Industry Trends Report for the fourth quarter of 2018. Read more…


Source: Thatcham Research Thatcham Research has announced the renewal of its contract with Suncorp, extending the successful collaboration that has seen Suncorp distribute Thatcham Research repair data in Australia and New Zealand since 2013. Under the renewed agreement, Suncorp will become the first ever Thatcham Research Global Associate – this provides one of Australia’s largest financial services Read more…


The combined company will be a leading collision repair provider in 37 states. Caliber Collision (“Caliber”) and Abra Auto Body Repair of America (“Abra”) announced a definitive merger agreement that brings together the companies’ talented teams, trusted brands and industry-leading operations to better serve their customers and insurance clients with the highest-quality repairs and a seamless customer Read more…


Source: The Boyd Group The Boyd Group Inc. announced the acquisition of a multi-store operation consisting of 18 collision repair centers, including two intake centers, located in the Wisconsin and Northern Illinois markets. The centers, located in the Wisconsin cities of Madison (4), Sun Prairie (3), Beaver Dam, Janesville, Middleton, Monroe, Portage, Racine, Sauk City, Stoughton, Watertown Read more…


Source: CCC Information Services CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) introduced today the world’s first in-production AI solution for vehicle collision estimates. CCC® Smart Estimate (Smart Estimate) leverages CCC’s estimating logic and AI photo analytics capabilities to pre-populate an estimate with suggestions for human estimators to review, edit, and advance. Through the process, Smart Estimate AI and human Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Minor crashes can result in big headlight collision repair bills The cover story in the latest edition of the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety (IIHS) Status Report examines improvements in headlight performance that, while benefiting safety, are often leading to higher collision repair costs. The report includes IIHS ratings of headlight performance on 2018 model Read more…


As you may have heard, the 2019 ABPA Annual Convention and Trade Show is being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 30 – May 3, 2019. Consider sponsorship for this event! As a sponsor, you would gain tremendous exposure, as this will be a gathering of the industry’s most influential leaders, and presents an outstanding opportunity to Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is pleased to announce that it has made significant progress in its ability to challenge on appeal the validity and enforceability of design patents related to automotive body repair parts. During the week of November 13, 2018, ABPA representative New World International went to trial against Ford Global Technologies, LLC after Read more…

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