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By Ed Salamy, Executive Director The 37th annual meeting of the Auto Body Parts Association, held April 25-28 in Atlanta, Georgia, was one of the best-attended and widely praised gatherings in recent memory. More than 150 industry leaders gathered at the Renaissance Midtown Hotel to listen, learn and make their voices heard. There was plenty to absorb Read more…

Anyone who left for an early flight or a head start home missed an outstanding group of speakers during the final day of the ABPA’s 37th annual meeting. Information regarding certification programs, the association’s lawsuit against Ford Global, the pending PARTS Act in Congress, working successfully with insurance companies, and the consolidation trend in the parts industry Read more…

One of the highlights of this year’s ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention was a ceremony late Thursday afternoon, in which a young family from the Atlanta area received a refurbished Mazda SUV through the National Auto Body Council’s “Recycled Rides” program. The vehicle – a “total” – was donated by Farmer’s Insurance and restored by the local Read more…

Thursday afternoon’s “breakout” sessions have proven to be one of the most popular events during the APBA’s annual meeting. This year was no exception, as the four classroom sessions were all near capacity.

On Thursday afternoon, a demonstration of CAPA’s Vehicle Test Fit (VTF) process was held in the parking garage of the Renaissance Midtown Hotel. Test engineers from Intertek conducted a brief fitting demonstration of a Honda hood from a certified vs. non-certified manufacturer. A large crowd made their way to the garage for the event.

The ABPA’s 37th annual meeting and convention got down to business on Thursday, April 26, when ABPA Chair Kim Hicks gavelled the convention to order. A full day of expert speakers, industry updates, and educational breakout sessions followed, including an emotional ceremony in which a young family from Atlanta received the latest vehicle donated by the National Read more…

Aftermarket parts distributors looking to step up their game are flocking to participate in NSF’s Distributor Certification Program. Details of the program’s benefits and requirements will be the topic of a breakout session during the ABPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Dave Parzen, Senior Technical Project Manager at NSF International Automotive, will be conducting the session on Read more…

While we believe that ABPA members are well aware of CAPA’s Vehicle Test Fit Program (VTF) process, few have had the opportunity to see it first hand. You will finally get that chance during the 2017 ABPA Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta. Intertek, the company that performs the VTF testing for CAPA, will be conducting a Read more…

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