NACE is back
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NACE is back
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he 2014 National Autobody
Congress and Exposition (NACE)
was held in Detroit this year. There
had been concerns that the new
location might reduce attendance
and hamper the overall success of the event.
Those fears were not realized. One of the
most common statements heard from both
There were several factors contributing
to the success of the 2014 NACE expo. First,
the strategy to partner with several other
interest was sparked by the rapid changes in
most notably the introduction of the 2015
The week began on the afternoon of
for the Society of Collision Repair Specialists
(SCRS). The purpose of the meeting was to
update the industry on a variety of topics,
including rental day formulas, insurance
company commercials, and clearcoat
blending. The SCRS represents over 6,000
A new location, new
partners, and the
introduction of new
the annual exposition
a huge success.
b y K e i t h J o n e s
Attitude alone made this year's NACE a success.
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collision repair businesses and 58,500
association solely representing the collision
Tuesday brought the Collision Industry
Conference (CIC). The CIC is the American
equivalent of the Canadian Collision Industry
CIC event was a panel that included several
special agents from the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security discussing the issue of
Security, original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs), and the collision repair industry are
working together to combat this growing
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Another highlight was the insurer-
of formulas used by private insurance
companies. It all came down to cycle time,
something the collision repair industry
is striving to improve, on both sides of
The next day, Wednesday, was the 2014
I-CAR Conference, which kicked off with the
featured speakers were from Ford Motor
Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
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On the tradeshow floor, it was one
of the busiest NACE expos ever.
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University of Michigan, and Robert Bosch
LLC. The key topics covered were as follows:
• Ford: CAFE, F-150, Collision Repair Service
• Light Weighting: Carbon Fiber, Advanced
• Technology: Reinventing the Automobile
• Driver Safety: V2X and Vehicle Data
All of the speakers were very insightful,
here. Along with the conference speakers, a
wide range of I-CAR training was delivered,
including the very popular 2015 Ford F-150
Structural Repair Training Course.
The 2014 NACE Main Exposition opened
on Thursday, July 31. As usual, there were
a variety of educational opportunities,
many focussing on the new aluminum
repair methodologies for the 2015 Ford
F-150. These sessions drew high attendance
numbers, and the quality of the information
was great due to the support from Ford and
On the trade show floor, it was one
of the busiest NACE expos ever. While the
show might have been smaller than NACE
ten years ago, the quality of the exhibits
and the level of attendee enthusiasm were
Company exhibit was very busy, showcasing
the new 2015 F-150 model and offering
reparability information and details about
Ford’s National Body Shop Program. Also
seeing heavy traffic on the trade show floor
in the “aluminum evolution”; these included
3M, Pro Spot, and Cellete.
throughout the expo hall. I-CAR, BASF, Car-
O-Liner, 3M, BMW, General Motors, and
Honda showcased new products, repair
methodologies, and, of course, aluminum
repair. One point of interest was the large
number of people wearing Alcoa shirts
attending I-CAR training, as Alcoa is one of
the leading suppliers of aluminum to the
Thursday evening saw an industry first,
with the Canadian Collision Industry Forum
(CCIF) hosted outside Canada. The well-
attended event featured North American
collision industry expert Vincent Romans
and American collision repair and property
and casualty industries.
Friday was also a jam-packed day, with
two major events. First, the Telematics and
Technology Forum provided an excellent
up in their shops. Automakers and experts
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in vehicle security, telematics technology, and diagnostics and repair
discussed how advanced technologies, connectivity, and the Internet
are changing modern automobiles.
The second event of the day proved to be one of the best. The
capacity utilization, changing vehicle design, and collision repair shop
to be the most interesting, ending the symposium on a positive note.
The recent collision repair industry acquisitions by global investment
firms such as Blackstone, Hellman & Friedman LLC, and Canadian firm
sector. Investment firms are apparently seeing the collision repair
industry as a good investment!
the positive attitude displayed by the people of Detroit, who showed
pride in their oft-maligned city and in NACE’s comeback; second was
the positive attitude of the attendees, their enthusiasm in embracing
change, and in keeping up with the rapidly evolving collision repair
environment. Attitude alone made this year’s NACE a success. n
Great interest was sparked by the rapid changes in vehicle design,
construction, and reparability.