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The annual AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) and SEMA automotive trade shows once again combined forces in Las Vegas in early November. A local marketing expert – the cabbie who drove me from the airport to my hotel – informed me that “auto week” is the largest single draw in Vegas every year, with 140,000 people flocking Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The aftermarket parts industry has quickly become familiar – and comfortable – with NSF International. The globally respected organization has delved deeply into the testing and certification of aftermarket parts, and has extended this service further down the supply chain by certifying parts distributors and body shops. NSF’s Bob Frayer is a regular Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The annual Car-Part.com Industry Conference was held August 6-8 at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY, just a stone’s throw away from the Cincinnati airport. Our friends at Car-Part.com, in particular Jeff and Janice Schroder, hosted a great convention that was not only educational, but entertaining. Many ABPA members know the Schroders Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The “Motor City” of Detroit played host to NACE, one of the automotive industry’s largest events. This was the second year in a row that NACE was held in Detroit, and it will return again in 2017, after a stop in Anaheim, CA next year. NACE officials claimed attendance was up from Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director Summertime means that NACE is just around the corner. Last year was the show’s first in Detroit and attendance seemed to have increased significantly compared to the prior shows in Las Vegas. Personally, I will not miss having to attend two shows in Las Vegas, separated by only two weeks. I will Read more…


By Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director At the conclusion of this year’s ABPA annual meeting in Chicago, our organizations’ Chairman, Dan Morrissey, proclaimed that, “Our association is stronger than it’s ever been.” That sentiment seemed to echo throughout the week, as leading aftermarket parts manufacturers and distributors came together to assess the state of the industry, to Read more…


By Ed Salamy, Executive Director and Karen Fierst While most of the U.S. suffered under a prolonged cold spell in mid-January, collision industry leaders gathered in warm temperatures and under blue skies at the annual Collision Industry Conference (CIC) in Palm Springs, California on January 15-17. As usual during CIC Week there were a multitude of activities. Read more…


Las Vegas, Nevada was once again the location for this year’s SEMA / AAPEX show. There are few industry events where ABPA members can meet with their piers, insurers, body shop leaders, and the manufacturers. Every year many ABPA members make this annual trek to the desert to meet with business colleagues and vendors, and to have some Read more…


If you are reading this you have discovered the new format for our Body Language newsletter. After many years of a print version we have taken a big step forward to move Body Language to an online publication. This has several significant advantages. We will be able to provide more frequent updates and news about our industry Read more…


ABPA to challenge validity and enforceability of Ford’s design patents I am writing to inform you of the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA)’s decision to move forward with a lawsuit vs. Ford Global Technologies. The basis of our lawsuit is to challenge the validity and enforceability of Ford’s design patents on common collision repair parts. The continued Read more…

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