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PBES to Offer Webinar on Aluminum’s Effect on Industry

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May 9, 2014—The Paint, Body & Equipment Specialists (PBES), a segment of the Auto Care Association, will host a webinar on May 21 at 2 p.m. EDT on the effects of aluminum on the collision repair process.

Erik Spitznagel, CEO of Dent Fix Equipment, will be the presenter.

“More than ever, automotive manufacturers are using lightweight materials to improve fuel economy, turning to aluminum to create these lighter components. Lighter materials can result in better mileage, smaller engines moving less mass and greater acceleration,” Spitznagel said. “U.S. government initiatives have accelerated the weight loss of production vehicles by mandating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards [to] 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025. Companies realize it makes economic sense to utilize the lightweight material to achieve better MPG.”

Spitznagel will provide a brief overview of what is occurring within the industry and describe the benefits and negatives of aluminum usage. He will also outline the repair procedures, shop requirements and education necessary to understand aluminum repair.

Some of the topics covered include:
How aluminum usage is bringing change to the collision repair process
The correlation between OEM production, distribution and the repair procedures that collision shops will have to adhere to in order to bring the vehicle back to OE standards
What jobbers and distributors can do to support and educate their customers.

The webinar is free, but advance registration is required. To register, visit the event website, or call 301.654.6664 for more information.

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