PPG Promotes Adventure, Top Artists At SEMA 2018

PPG has announced that attendees at this year’s SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center are in for an adventure when they visit booth 24601. The one-of-a-kind display will feature custom vehicles, distinctive artwork pieces, advanced automotive refinish products and other surprises.

The company says visitors will not want to miss the unique artwork created by some of the most talented artists in the industry. PPG has more than 30 of the custom car world’s top artists participating this year, with the company promising an incredible display of artistry and showmanship.

“Our goal is to always have fun with the booth and appeal to different customer senses,” said Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray, PPG Director, Marketing Communications, Automotive Refinish. “People experience things in different ways, so we hope to resonate with a couple of their senses. We take our paint offerings seriously, but we know the wonders that can be created with a little imagination. It’s always fun to see people react to the artwork.”

Some of the industry’s top names will be at the PPG booth for meet-and-greet sessions, mingling with visitors and signing autographs. Renowned painters Charley Hutton and Bobby Alloway will take centre stage, as well as Tom and Mitch Kelly. Each year, the father and son duo design exclusive, one-of-a kind collectible posters for the show.

“Honestly I’m still humbled to be a part of the PPG booth,” said Hutton. “It’s always the buzz around SEMA. PPG knocks it out of the park with its themes and exhibits, and I love meeting other painters and craftspeople from around the country and the world. Regardless of what language you speak, we all have the same love of the automobile. If I can answer one question or give other painters advice that helps them, then SEMA is a success for me.”

Racing fans will enjoy meet-and-greet sessions with the John Force Racing Team and Tasca Racing. Kenny Youngblood, one of drag racing’s most talented graphic artists, also will be at the PPG booth with his latest creations. In addition, Mark Worman and team from the hit reality TV series on muscle car restoration, Graveyard Carz, will be on hand to sign autographs.

Axalta And Karma Automotive Bring Innovative Colour And Design To SEMA 2018

Axalta has announced it is teaming with Karma Automotive to display its Axalta-painted Revero at Axalta’s exhibit space #22391 during the 2018 SEMA Show.

The Karma Revero is a luxury electric vehicle with a unique design that is complemented by the colours it comes in, including Corona Del Sol, Borrego Black and Ocean Veil.

As the exclusive exterior paint supplier to Karma, Axalta says it will feature the Revero and its environmentally-inspired collection of colours.

“We are thrilled to bring this stunning vehicle to the SEMA Show,” says Axalta’s North American Color Marketing Manager, Nancy Lockhart. “The Revero on display features a colour named ‘Corona Del Sol’ which translates to ‘crown of the sun.’ It’s a rich shade of red that really has to be seen to be believed.”

“The Karma Revero is the world’s most exclusive grand touring luxury electric vehicle and is as visually dynamic as it is exhilarating to drive,” claims Jim Taylor, Karma Automotive’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Few cars in the world can match the stunning design, luxury and efficiency of the Revero,” continued Taylor.

“Our business and product plan is driven in part by collaborating with partners like Axalta, whose expertise help us accelerate product development and differentiation.”

BASF Will Feature Four Of The Best At SEMA 2018

BASF Refinish Automotive Coatings, located at booth #20353 in the Racing and Performance area of Central Hall, will feature four customs at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) Show 2018.

During a planned press conference at its booth at 9:30am on Tuesday, 30 October, BASF will present four unique vehicle builds:

  • Chip Foose 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible – by SEMA Hall of Famer Chip Foose
  • Goolsby Customs 1974 Plymouth Duster – by Jonathan Goolsby; a drag-race car restored to its glory days for driver Beth Hazelwood
  • Customs by Kilkeary 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible – by Tim Kilkeary; customized from bumper to bumper
  • Roadster Shop 1970 Chevy Camaro Widebody – by the Illinois-based shop.

The BASF booth will also showcase a custom 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide built by CamTech.

Collision Repair Expo 2019 To Welcome Thousands Of Trade Visitors

The 2019 Collision Repair Expo (CRE 2019) will showcase the latest Australian and international innovations for local collision repairers, supported by practical exhibitor presentations, industry seminars and panel discussions.

According to the organiser, the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the importance of the collision repair sector was reflected in the significantly high number of trade members who registered specifically for this expo in 2017. This sector of the aftermarket industry attracted almost 30 per cent of the total trade visitors to the concurrently held 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and occupied approximately one quarter of the total exhibitor space.

Industry leading paint and equipment distributor, Sydney Automotive Paints and Equipment (SAPE), has returned as the major sponsor of the CRE 2019. The seminar programme will be strongly supported by I-CAR, who will assist in presenting an extensive line-up of industry experts and specialists who will conduct seminars. These seminars will be focused on assisting collision repair business owners to maximise their operating efficiencies and repair techniques.

Along with I-CAR, several leading collision repair industry and media organisations will also be co-locating their activities at the CRE 2019, making this three-day event an integral part of this industry sector’s growth and development.

The importance of practical displays in relation to panel repair work on exotic new metals and composite materials will be highlighted by the number of CRE 2019 exhibitors who will be performing live practical demonstrations at their stands, along with utilising the expo’s unique demonstration spray booth.

This fully functional spray booth enables every kind of surface coating product to be practically displayed, making this a popular attraction with members of the trade who are keen to witness their industry’s latest products in action. It is also a popular promotional platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest surface coating products.

“The 2019 Collision Repair Expo will enable businesses within this major industry sector to stay ahead of the latest developments, products and technical training,” said AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity. “This is a sector of the Australian automotive aftermarket industry that must be fully across the rapid technological advancements in products, tooling and repair processes to future proof their businesses. With practical demonstrations, a detailed industry seminar programme and a who’s who of the industry as exhibitors, the Collision Repair Expo has everything that is needed and more all under one roof.”

The speaker and seminar line up for the CRE 2019 is being finalised and will be released shortly.

For more information and free registration, details can be found at www.collisionrepair.com.au.

Axalta Announces 2018 SEMA Show Event/Appearance Schedule

Axalta has announced the schedule of events in its booth, #22391, during the 2018 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada from 30 October to 2 November 2018.

The schedule includes appearances by top automotive builders, artists, and special guests to showcase Axalta’s refinish and original equipment coatings and colour.

Headlining Axalta’s schedule on Thursday 1 November at 2:00pm is the unveiling of Nevermore, a piece of fine art created by “Impossibly Real” artist Peter Maier with Cromax refinish paint. Maier is world-renowned for his lifelike art featuring animals, cars, people, and products. His work is currently on exhibit in the Butler Institute of American Art and often sells for US$100,000 or more. During this special event, Nevermore co-collaborator and pinstriper, Andrew “Pooch” Cappuccio, will join Maier onstage where they will greet attendees and autograph reproductions of the piece for the first 150 people in line.

Also on the schedule, and for a second consecutive year, are the wildly popular Middlecott Sketchbattle duels emceed by Jamie Little, NASCAR pit reporter for Fox Sports. In-booth duels occur on Tuesday 30 October at 10:00am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm, as well as on Wednesday 31 October at 9:30am and 11:30am. The main event and Axalta-sponsored Middlecott Sketchbattle Experience is at 8:00 pm at the Industrial, 2330 Industrial Road in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday 31 October from 1:00pm to 4:30pm, artist Kristian Baena of Zac Brown Customs will be demonstrating automotive airbrush art. Long-time SEMA Show favourites, Paul Quinn and DeWayne Connot, will follow with pinstriping demonstrations on Thursday 1 November at 9:30am and 3:30pm, and on Friday 2 November at 9:30am and 1:00pm.

“Meet the Builder” discussion sessions with the builders of the custom vehicles in Axalta’s booth will occur on Thursday 1 November at 11:00am with Dale Boesch, winner of the 2018 National Street Rod Association’s Builder of the Year award, and on Friday 2 November at 11:00am with Big Oak Garage, a 2015 Great Eight Ridler finalist.

To learn more, visit axalta.us/sema2018.

25th Automechanika Frankfurt Closes, Records Visitor Increase

Automechanika Frankfurt has concluded, following five trade fair days with a record number of exhibitors, more visitors than the 2016 show and a new record for exhibition space.

 The event drew 136,000 trade visitors from 181 countries, and of these, more than 10,000 were at the event for the first time. More than 80 per cent of exhibitors said they had achieved their goals for the event.

“The 25th Automechanika Frankfurt was the biggest and most international event in its history,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

“From 11 to 15 September 2018, more than 5000 companies presented their new products and solutions in an area of around 315,000 square metres. The feedback from our customers has been unmistakable. Never before has the Automechanika Frankfurt fair been so focused on the future. All areas of the automotive aftermarket – industry, retail and workshops – have responded to megatrends that include connected cars, networked workshops and clean vehicles, offering an amazing range of innovations for the international group of professionals in attendance these past few days.

“In all 23 exhibition hall levels and in the outdoor exhibition area, things were really humming.”

US paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, which was making its first-ever appearance at an Automechanika trade fair worldwide, used virtual reality to present new products and a new training app.

As a counterpoint to the emphasis on the digital world, the new Classic Cars exhibition area enjoyed an impressive debut at the trade fair. 75 per cent of exhibitors in this new area were very satisfied, including parts manufacturers, paint suppliers, start-ups and associations.

The next Automechanika Frankfurt is scheduled to take place from 8-12 September 2020.

Rock Artist ZZ Ward To Perform At The SEMA Show

Amidst business activity and networking at the 2018 SEMA Show, attendees will be treated to live music by blues-inspired, rock-pop artist ZZ Ward.

Performing at numerous SEMA Show activities, including the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet and SEMA Ignited (the official after-party that is open to the public), the Los Angeles-based vocal artist will entertain show goers throughout the week of the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The schedule kicks off on Monday 29 October at the Exhibitor Appreciation Reception, featuring the Media Exclusive Vehicle Reveal. The fedora-rocking guitarist will continue during the week in SEMA Central, where industry icons, celebrities and influencers are interviewed on stage. Before her final SEMA appearance at SEMA Ignited, Ward will perform at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on Thursday 1 November.

Said to be the industry’s premier awards ceremony where the Person of the Year is announced, the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet is open to all SEMA show goers. The banquet includes dinner, an awards presentation and entertainment from Ward, who made headlines earlier this year when NBC kicked off the second half of its NASCAR season coverage with her singing Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”.

Exhibitors qualify to obtain a limited number of free tickets to the banquet. All show goers are also able to purchase banquet tickets at www.semashow.com/banquet.

The 2018 SEMA Show takes place from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November in Las Vegas.

NACE Automechanika Atlanta 2018 Opens Its Doors

NACE Automechanika has now opened for business at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The opening day included several mechanical, collision and management classes, along with many hands-on demonstrations, presentations and innovative product displays from exhibitors including Gtechniq North America, Pro Spot International and The Matrix Wand.

One of the sessions was presented by David Luehr, the founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. He was in high spirits as he presented his session, The Winning Mindset of America’s Greatest Body Shops, in the morning on the first day of the show.

“Right now is the best time to be in the collision repair industry,” said Luehr. “Perfecting all of the technical aspects of the business is only a part of the body shop success equation. The right winning mindset can overcome more challenges and take you, your business, and your team further, into limitless potential.”

General Motors’ Customer Care and Aftersales division announced the launch of the GM Collision Repair Network at the show. The company also used a morning presentation to speak with repairers about joining techniques GM utilises as a result of ‘light-weighting’ efforts.

“Today’s light-weighting of structures drives new engineering designs as well as new material usage,” said Joe Villanueva with GM Service Engineering, during his presentation. As an example, he spoke about the 2019 LD Chevrolet Silverado, soon hitting dealerships. The vehicle’s weight has been reduced by more than 200kg through the use of aluminium parts such as bolt-on cowls, tailgates, doors and bonnets. Aluminium doors are now full replacement only, with no door skins available, said Villanueva.

MSO Symposium Set For NACE Automechanika

The MSO Symposium is set to take place in conjunction with the NACE Automechanika Show in Atlanta, providing the opportunity to discuss topics influencing the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium, on Thursday, 9th August, is led and attended by experienced, high-growth executives from the leading multi-shop operations within North America. According to the organisers, it is through the assistance of leaders from within these organisations that the MSO Symposium continuously delivers directly impactful information to its constituents.

With an expanded program for 2018, organisers say attendees will gain useful and original information from key decision-makers, while encountering unique opportunities to exchange business knowledge and conversation with so many developed leaders from within the collision repair industry.

The MSO Symposium’s programme is directly relevant for owners of large, yet independent collision repair facilities, OEM collision repair program managers, insurance professionals and members of multi-shop operators (MSOs).

The event is exclusive and only open to people within the above categories, as well as to a limited number of prominent industry sponsors who support the collision repair industry with information, equipment, and data solutions.

For more information visit msosymposium.com.

Automechanika Shanghai 2018 Returns With Digital Trends And New Zones

Expectations for this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai are high following last year’s record breaking show, hailed as the most successful in its history. The show is scheduled to take place from 28 November to 1 December at the NECC in Shanghai, and the entire automotive world is preparing for one of the most important dates on the industry’s calendar.

This year, exhibition space is estimated to reach 350,000 sqm. Within the show’s halls, an expected 6250 exhibitors will cross paths with over 140,000 trade visitors. A growing number of participants in 2018 will represent the show’s stronger spotlight on various trends and advancements which are now becoming abundant across the industry, namely within the sphere of digital automotive innovations.

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility – New for 2018

As one of the hottest topics for players across multiple industry sectors, show organisers said advancements in digitalisation are coming thick and fast. The likes of autonomous driving, car connectivity, electromobility and advanced systems all play a crucial role in moulding the future of the industry, and organisers said Automechanika Shanghai echoes this evolution in terms of visitors’ sourcing needs, exhibitors’ product developments and even with the show’s collection of fringe events.

Demonstrating the show’s strengthened emphasis on digital trends is the new area for ‘Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility’, which has been established in collaboration with the China Electronics Chamber of Commerce.

The area will feature the five most essential elements of car connectivity through exhibits, forums and interactive activities for private and public transportation. These are:

  • People: This area will focus specifically on in-car well-being, including the latest interior electronics for improved safety, personal entertainment and driver comfort
  • Vehicle: Visitors can explore several on-site car demonstrations, with a host of electric vehicles on display to bring the show’s connectivity concepts to life
  • Road: The area will also promote infrastructure of connected roads for autonomous driving, and will also look at the standards and regulations of more developed countries
  • Network: A number of leading international network and IT providers will gather in this area, demonstrating how connectivity continues to bridge the automotive sector with the online world
  • Cloud: Data management will be a key aspect here, allowing visitors to explore the ways in which car connectivity data can enhance fleet management, car sharing, and smart cities

Tomorrow’s Service & Mobility also covers several aspects of new energy vehicle innovations, such as electric controls, charging infrastructure, battery technology, vehicle components and testing equipment. At the same time, various other industry sectors will demonstrate how these digital trends are filtering into many automotive markets. This includes the Parts & Components and Accessories & Customising sectors, as well as the Repair & Maintenance and Electronics & Systems sectors.

Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager of show organiser Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, emphasised how Automechanika Shanghai continues to walk alongside the industry’s ever-changing trends.

“We have been lucky enough to witness a shift in attitude for automotive manufacturing in recent years. The industry’s ‘blue sky’ concepts are now a thing of the past, with the vast majority of innovations in digitalisation and connectivity coming to fruition across multiple sectors.

“The show’s representation of the entire supply chain, on top of its ability to attract the biggest names from around the world, allows us to represent this evolution in the most effective way possible,” she added.