Bacteria, Begone: Nippon releases new anti-viral auto coating

Osaka, Japan – Nippon has released a new car interior coating intended for vehicles with frequently changing passengers, like taxis or car rentals. Named the Protection Car Interior VK Coat, it has the potential to reduce viral and bacterial presence by 99.9 percent, according to Nippon. This is achieved through hybrid photocatalyst – to simplify, […]

Plastic Makes Perfect: Polyvance unveils new PR-05 refinishing course

Rainsville, Alabama — Polyvance has gotten some official recognition for its advancements in plastic repair education as the company’s PR-05 Texture Refinishing course was recently given I-CAR continuing education credit approval. The company said in it’s press release that the aim behind the course was to address a gap in plastic repair skills in the […]

Solve Your Paint Problems: Common auto painting troubleshooting tips

Toronto, Ontario – Painting is often one of the most overlooked aspects of the collision repair process, but a lot can go wrong in the booth and nothing acts more like a rolling advertisement for a shop than their paintwork. A key point to remember is that, like with most things, the first step in […]

PPG training schedule

By CRM staff Toronto, Ontario – April 8, 2019 – PPG announced the schedule of its commercial coatings training classes for the second quarter of 2019. The courses set for the next three months will cover brands such as Delfleet essential and Delfleet Evolution along with other popular PPG commercial performance coating product lines. While […]

Market update: PPG completes SEM purchase, GM Oshawa retraining

Who better than former assembly workers to service customers’ vehicles at GM dealerships, asks GM Canada? Photo courtesy GM Canada.

By CRM staff Toronto – December 3, 2018 — This week in the market update, PPG adds to its product line with the purchase of SEM, and GM offers to retrain Oshawa assembly workers as auto service techs. GM: retrain assembly workers as auto service techsWith the looming closure of its Oshawa Assembly plant, GM […]

Market update: PPG shows slight growth, Ford invests in scooters

Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, an electric scooter-sharing company to participate in mobility alternatives for first- and last-mile transportation (Photo: Business Wire)

By CRM staff Toronto – November 13 – In this week’s midweek market update, Ford buys a scooter company, coatings inventory affects PPG sales in the auto refinish market, and Enterprise wins again. Let’s go for a SpinFord Smart Mobility, LLC has acquired Spin, a San Francisco-based electric scooter-sharing company providing an alternative for first- […]

Axalta opens world’s largest coatings research centre

By CRM staff Toronto, Ontario — November 8, 2018 — Axalta has officially opened what it believes is the largest coatings research and development centre in the world, its Global Innovation Center located in the Navy Yard of Philadelphia. The 175,000-foot center offers specialty labs, as well as office space.  To celebrate the grand opening, […]

Automotive events in jeopardy at Skills N.S. competition

Nicole Hamilton of Nova Scotia was the national gold medal winner at the Skills Canada 2018 competition.

By Cindy Macdonald Toronto, Ontario — October 22, 2018 — Low enrollment is threatening the auto collision repair and car painting events at the 2019 Nova Scotia Skills Competition. Organizers say these two events have experienced low enrollment in the past and are at risk of cancellation. The local automotive industry is requested to pre-register for collision […]

PPG sets Q2 collision refinish training schedule

Variant decks help ensure an accurate colour match.

By CRM Staff Strongsville, Ohio — April 9, 2018 — PPG announced the schedule for its collision refinish training courses for April, May and June. All classes are structured to ensure that paint technicians are up to date with PPG products, processes and technological advances. Classes are led by expert instructors, take one to two […]