New and improved products draw attendees in as demonstrations persuade them to consider purchasing vendor products.
A number of automakers were on hand at the show to demonstrate new technologies and materials being used in their vehicles today.
GM even had its new Malibu on display, complete with cutaways showing what types of steel and what types of repair could be made.
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What a great event! NACE brought together more of the entire collision repair industry at one time, under one roof. I must say, as one who experienced NACE for the first time, it exceeded all my expectations.
From the management and technical courses, to the I-CAR Technology Showcase, Chris Gardner’s keynote address, the OE Forum and the hundreds of exhibitors, NACE proves that it is a premiere event not only for the collision repair industry, but for the whole automotive aftermarket.
The interactivity on the NACE show floor was unprecedented this year. Today’s Early Bird Roundtables examined the topics of third-party audits, parts procurement and lean processes. It was great to hear from all sides of the industry on these topics and encouraging to see all those who turned out to be part of the dialogue.
Over the last three days, we saw a great deal of participation in the I-CAR Technology Showcase. After the success of last year’s showcase, I-CAR was back to offer free hour-long educational clinics right on the show floor. Attendees learned about the newest technologies being employed in the manufacture and, more importantly, the repair of today’s vehicles.
As we packed up at the close today, I realized just how important NACE is to the collision industry and how this event brings everyone together. I can tell you that today’s announcement about the co-location of NACE and CARS makes me really excited about next year’s events. I can’t wait to see both sides of the repair industry – collision and mechanical – coming together under one roof.
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I look forward to seeing you again next year in Las Vegas at NACE 2008!
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