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.

BASF Named A General Motors Supplier Of The Year For 13th Time

General Motors (GM) has named BASF a 2017 GM Supplier of the Year for 13th time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost.

“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honour those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle line-up today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow.”

Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services. With its broad array of colour solutions and modern paint processes, BASF’s Coatings division helps GM improve productivity and environmental performance. BASF provides its time and resource saving Integrated Paint Process to GM and supplies a majority of its plants in North America with its world class CathoGuard® 800 electrocoat, among other technologies.

“The long-standing and trustful relationship between GM and BASF is an example of what can be accomplished through a successful partnership,” said Teressa Szelest, President, Market and Business Development North America at BASF. “Together, we are collaborating to drive innovation, customer service, safety and sustainability, and open new pathways for the future of mobility.”

Chief To Distribute Celette Equipment In North And South America, China

Chief has reached an agreement with Celette France SAS for Chief to distribute Celette heavy-duty truck collision repair equipment in North America, South America and China.

“As truck manufacturers modernise their manufacturing methods and incorporate new materials and technology in their vehicles, collision repair shops need new tools, equipment and repair methodology to properly repair those vehicles after they’re damaged in a collision,” says Lee Daugherty, Chief director of collision sales – the Americas. “Working with Celette lets us offer shops a full line of heavy-duty collision repair equipment from a single, trusted source — the local Chief distributor.”

Chief reintroduced a heavy-duty collision repair equipment line for repairing trucks, trailers, buses and other large vehicles in 2015. It currently includes frame racks, lifts, a heavy-duty rivet gun and other equipment.

Mazda And Toyota Establish Joint-Venture Company

Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have established their new joint-venture company “Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc.” (MTMUS) that will produce vehicles in Huntsville, Alabama starting in 2021.

The new plant will have the capacity to produce 150,000 units of Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and 150,000 units of the Toyota Corolla. The facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. Toyota and Mazda are investing $1.6 billion towards this project with equal funding contributions.

“We hope to make MTMUS a plant that will hold a special place in the heart of the local community for many, many years,” said Mazda’s Executive Officer Masashi Aihara, who will serve as President of MTMUS. “By combining the best of our technologies and corporate cultures, Mazda and Toyota will not only produce high-quality cars but also create a plant employees will be proud to work at and contribute to the further development of the local economy and the automotive industry. We hope that cars made at the new plant will enrich the lives of their owners and become much more than just a means of transportation.”

“The new plant, which will be Toyota’s 11th manufacturing facility in the U.S., not only represents our continuous commitment in this country, but also is a key factor in improving our competitiveness of manufacturing in the U.S.,” said Hironori Kagohashi, executive general manager of Toyota and MTMUS’s Executive Vice President. “We are committed to realizing a highly competitive plant and producing vehicles with the best quality for customers by combining Toyota and Mazda’s manufacturing expertise and leveraging the joint venture’s synergies. Based on this competitiveness, we will make every effort to becoming a best-in-town plant that will be loved by our hometown,” he added.

In collaboration with the state of Alabama and the city of Huntsville, MTMUS will soon begin land preparation for the new plant, and the full-scale construction of the plant is expected to start in 2019.