Author Archives: Mark

Ex-student goes it alone

A self-confessed petrol head and ex-student of Gateshead College has launched a new vehicle repair business in Sunderland. Luciana Parker-Jones started the business having completed a motor vehicle body repair and paint refinishing course at Gateshead College. Based in Roker, Luciana the Lady Painter offers a range of car refurbishment services, from repairs to minor dents and scratches to a […]

Mirka names new sales manager

Mirka UK is expanding its ART sales team with the promotion of Steve Smith to national sales manager. The appointment is part of the business’ ongoing investment in the auto refinish sector and will assist in the continued development of new business opportunities. Steve has over 10 years’ experience working at Mirka UK and during this time has excelled in […]

New calls for vehicle safety

Members of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament have adopted a non-binding resolution asking for new vehicles to include a range of life-saving technologies. Automated Emergency Braking, Intelligent Speed Assistance and Intelligent Seatbelt Reminders are included in the plan designed to get ‘more effective measures’ to reach the goal of ‘no fatalities’. Almost 26,000 people died on EU roads […]

Carglass visits Symach

Carglass executives have visited Symach’s operations in Bologna, Italy to learn more about the Italian equipment, which has recently been installed in five branches in Belgium. The visit saw new Carglass CEO, Guido De Paepe, accompany its top customers to tour the state-of-the-art facility and provide them with a detailed presentation of the operation. De Paepe highlighted how impressed Carglass […]

Paint calculation changes explained

Following industry ‘noise and confusion’ regarding the changes made to paint calculations, Audatex and its third-party data partner, AZT have issued statements to clarify the changes. A statement from David Shepherd, regional managing director, Audatex UKSA, said, ‘In readiness for launching Audaenterprisegold 4.0 on 11 September 2017, we implemented updates to the paint calculation module within our software, which has […]

Payback success for IFB

Following a series of confiscation hearings, gang members previously convicted for their roles in a large scale ‘crash for cash’ scam in Derbyshire have been ordered to pay back £37,493.96 collectively. The scam was exposed by Derbyshire Police and the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) with the help of its insurer members leading to a trial earlier this year, in which […]

PE appoints new MD

Ralf Maurer will join the management of PE Automotive GmbH & Co KG as managing director and take over chairmanship from 1 March 2018. The move sees the business take a further step in enabling the market-oriented expansion of the company for the coming years. PE Automotive, as member of the international BPW Group, has been able to significantly expand […]

AkzoNobel and L&I continue momentum

AkzoNobel and L&I Eaton ARC Ltd’s partnership continues and has seen the business grow from a single accident repair centre to nine in just seven years. Its ninth site, which relocated to larger premises in April 2017 in Edinburgh, includes state-of-the-art facilities offering multi-material repair and using the latest technology. AkzoNobel provides the advice, business support, Sikkens products and Colorvation […]

Aviva to acquire Irish insurer

Aviva plc has reached an agreement to acquire Irish insurer Friends First Life Assurance Company dac for a cash consideration of €130m. As a result of this acquisition, Aviva will become one of the largest composite insurers in Ireland, with its market share in life insurance increasing to 15%, alongside its existing leading 15% market share in general insurance. The […]

Allianz UK faces ‘unusual’ losses

Allianz UK’s Q3 results highlighted an ‘unusual number of large losses’ totalling £46m across its commercial property, fleet, liability and private car accounts. It also revealed a current year impact of £17m from the Ogden Discount Rate reduction. But despite the combined £63m hit during the first nine months of 2017, according to chief executive officer, John Dye, ‘it has […]

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