OEMs Returns to 2010 NACE with Expanded Presence

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have validated their continued industry commitment by returning to the Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW) show floor as participants in the second annual OEM Pavilion. To date, confirmed participants include General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., with a growing list of verbal commitments, five of which are expected to be confirmed soon. OEMs will participate in a pavilion setting allowing attendees to visit with all participating automakers in one area, at one time, under one roof. Both collision and mechanical disciplines for each OEM will be represented, along with brand-specific training by some. The ASRW 2010 events will take place Oct. 10-13 at


Waiting List For IBIS In Montreux !

With three months to go before the eighth annual International Bodyshop Industry Symposium – IBIS – this year’s event is already fully subscribed, with a waiting list for delegate places.  IBIS 2008, which will take place at the Montreux Palace Hotel, Montreux, Switzerland between June 9-11, has proved to be an irresistible draw for industry leaders and influencers from around the world.


IBIS provides global interchange

317 people attended the eighth International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), held at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland in early June. The IBIS debate centred on vehicle safety systems and their impact on reparability, skills resourcing, write-offs, and how ‘lean thinking’ can improve the repair industry.


BASF Coatings’ Success With Nissan in Russia

The fact that global presence is a key success factor has been demonstrated by BASF Coatings’ success at the Nissan plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. BASF Coatings supplies all spraypaints for Nissan’s Teana and X-Trail models produced in the Russian city. To win the 100 per cent suppliership, BASF Coatings edged out the tough competition in a field of other leading paint producers.


General Motors Files For Bankruptcy

General Motors filed for bankruptcy yesterday, the third-largest in US history, with White House advisers confirmings the bankruptcy would not affect GM Holden.



Ateco, the exclusive importer of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Citroen and Fiat products for Australian and New Zealand has extended its interests to cars from China. The company’s Governing Director, Neville Crichton, announced today (18 March 2008) that a distributorship agreement for Australia and New Zealand has been signed with Chery Automobile Company.


Toyota Cutting Parts Costs to Balance Books

Media reports say that a troubled Toyota Motor Corp plans to cut auto parts procurement costs by around 30 per cent over three years to help regain profitability. According to a Japanese newspaper Toyota has asked its suppliers to cut prices of some parts by 30-40 per cent for cars that will hit the market by 2013. The Nikkei business daily also said Toyota plans to switch to less expensive materials and parts.


Chrysler Creates New “Ram” Brand

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne created a Ram truck brand in the second overhaul of the US car manufacturer now under control of Italy’s Fiat S.p.A.


Toyota Recalls Current Generation Prius

Toyota Motor Corporation Japan and Toyota Motor Corporation Australia have initiated a safety recall campaign on its current generation Prius vehicles. Current generation Prius commenced being sold in Australia in July 2009.