SEMA News—July 2021
By Douglas McColloch
Collision Repair New Products
The Newest Parts and Applications From the 2020 SEMA360
As a rule, the automotive collision repair and refinish market could be said to be a recession-proof industry—accidents will happen in any economy, after all—but in 2020, the marketplace was not immune to the effects of a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 disruption, the accompanying plunge in miles driven and, especially, a reduction in vehicle congestion mileage put a substantial dent (no pun intended) in the bottom lines of some larger collision and repair chains, according to a recent article published in Repairer Driven News. To that end, the global market overall was expected to have contracted over the 2019–2020 period by some $2 billion, according to Ratchet+Wrench, but the general outlook for the collision and repair sector remains relatively bright.
According to a 2020 study by the research firm Global Market Insights, the global market valuation of the automotive repair sector is forecast to rise from an estimated $304 billion in 2019 to $340 billion by 2026. The reasons for that include the global growth of automotive sales and an expansion of the commercial vehicle sector due in part to the rise of e-commerce.
The proliferation of new OE safety components (advanced driver-assistance systems) that require special tools and techniques to repair, along with an increase in the number of shops capable of effecting those repairs, will also help drive market growth. In addition, increased consumer demand combined with a drive for greater efficiencies in the workplace will incentivize production of less costly, more environmentally friendly (e.g., recycled) automotive repair products.
In any event, what follows here are product entries from the collision and repair sector that exhibited at the 2020 SEMA360 New Products Showcase, along with some insights provided by industry leaders.
adasThink is a revolutionary new software that can automatically identify required ADAS calibrations using just a body shop’s estimate, advanced text recognition and adasThink’s database of OEM build data and repair procedures.
Aero Detail Products
Aero Revolution X-Cut Compound
A heavy cutting compound that leaves a smooth surface that is ready to be finished. X-Cut will remove deep scratches and heavy swirl marks. Formulated for DA machines, Revolution compounds work great with rotary and orbital machines and can be used by hand. All Revolution compounds are bodyshop-safe.
AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.
Lesonal UV Filler
Introducing Lesonal UV Filler, a 1K, fast-curing filler that serves the need for 85% of repairs in the vehicle refinish industry. Needing only seconds of UV-A exposure to fully cure, this isocyanate-free filler helps bodyshops work more efficiently
and reduce labor and energy costs.
PN: 576313, 576314
AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.
Sikkens Autoclear Mix & Matt 250
AkzoNobel’s premium “matt” clearcoat— Sikkens Autoclear Mix & Matt 250—is the ultimate assortment for regulated markets seeking a VOC-compliant solution to delivering an irresistible matt finish. Adjustable gloss, smooth to touch and extremely simple to use, the package drives both customer and painter satisfaction. It achieves consistent, spectacular results.
PN: 572546, 572559, 572531, 572614
Alldata Shop Manager is an easier way to create essential workflow documents such as estimates, repair orders and invoices, with parts and labor directly from Alldata. Toggle between OEM information and shop documents for greater accuracy and efficiency. Also stores customer and vehicle information, generates basic sales and tax reports and more.
The 934-72 Low VOC White AdPro. Key benefits: adhesion to properly cleaned plastic parts—direct to plastic; flexible adhesion promoter and sealer in one package; ability to utilize all L-Shade ground coat colors; ability to topcoat directly over 934-71/72 in as little as 15 min. and enhance topcoat holdout and coverage.
2KTuff Primer Filler
Revolutionary two-component, one-compartment technology. No mixing or activation. Ready to use with a long pot life. Use until finished. Excellent anticorrosion properties, extreme bonding, high filling power, easy application, fast drying time and good sandability. Available in two shades of gray. Apply outside spray booths for time and cost efficiency.
R-M 876 Dark Grey AdPro/Sealer for Plastics is an adhesion promoter for all paintable plastics on cars. 876 simplifies the painting of automotive plastics because it combines sealing and adhesion promotion steps into a single, easy-to-use product. Acceptable to use on sanded e-coat and properly prepared, previously painted substrates.
Muraena Universal Fixture Bench System
Merges a sophisticated design and unique brilliant finish with a tried-and-true 1mm accuracy universal fixture system. It’s no wonder car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati, JLR, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Rolls Royce, Tesla, Volvo and more approve, recommend and require Carbench.