Toronto, Ontario – March 12, 2019 – In just a few short weeks, collision repair professionals, insurance parties and OEs from all across North America will be gathering together for the second annual Heavy-Duty Repair Forum.

The HD Repair Forum will take place on April 2 to 3 at the Hilton in Fort Worth, Texas where industry stakeholders will discuss information on the latest trends in the business such as new vehicle technology, solution-based services, and training opportunities. It aims to foster growth and progress in the heavy-duty collision repair industry through the exchange of knowledge, experience, and feedback from all industry stakeholders.

Axalta Coatings Systems is one of the OEM providers that has been increasing its support for the event.

“The idea of the forum is to bring influential people in to examine the state of the industry including trends and issues, understand the impacts on repairers and other industry stakeholders, such as insurance companies, and discuss what we need to do to prepare for the future,” said North American sales manager for Axalta’s Commercial Transportation Division, Richard Cecchini.  “Axalta is committed to advance and improve the heavy-duty collision repair industry. The HD Repair Forum provides individuals and companies an opportunity to make a difference, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Axalta Coating Systems has two Commercial Transportation Business council member groups, one designed for Truck and Fleet based collision repairers and another geared towards RV and Emergency Vehicle collision repairers.

“The goal of our councils is to promote an environment where owners and managers can interact with other professionals, share best practices and further develop their business management skills,” explains Cecchini. “Joining an Axalta Business council is a solid commitment by owners and managers to continuously improve their businesses. Our council members are the best of the best, true leaders in the industry.”

Business council member and president of Diversified Body and Paint in Colorado Steve Wolfe was in attendance at last year’s inaugural event and has secured his registration for this year.

“During the 2018 HD Forum I learned so much and met some wonderful people. The event restored my faith in our industry’s growth and potential,” he explains. “The topics covered, networking time provided, and products showcased are what all of us are looking for, each and every day in our businesses. Time and cost are very important to our group, so holding our council meeting alongside the HD Repair Forum is a ‘Win, Win!’” Wolfe said.

Heavy-Duty Collision Repair Event Schedule:
Tuesday, April 2nd
6:30 AM Registration Opens
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Conference
5:00-6:30 PM Networking Reception
Wednesday, April 3rd
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Conference
Thursday, April 4th
Axalta Coating System’s Business Council Meetings

 

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