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Feature   January 1, 2002   by Auto Service World

Bodyshop News (January 01, 2002)

Windshield Dumping Investigation Underway

The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) has initiated an investigation into the alleged injurious dumping of certain automotive laminated windshields for the automotive replacement market.

The windshields originate in, or are exported from, the People’s Republic of China. The CCRA started the investigation after receiving a complaint from PPG Canada Inc. of Toronto, Ont.

The company alleges that the dumping of the goods is harmful to Canadian production–it causes price suppression, price erosion, lost sales, loss of market share, reduced income and profitability, and under-utilization of production capacity.

These automotive laminated windshields are for the automotive replacement glass (ARG) market, and come in all shapes and sizes.

They can be clear or tinted, coated or not, encapsulated or not, and can include antennae, ceramics, mirror buttons, and vehicle identification number (VIN) notches. Dumping occurs when goods are sold to importers in Canada at prices that are lower than the selling prices of the goods in the exporter’s domestic market, or at unprofitable prices.

The Special Import Measures Act protects Canadian producers from the damaging effects of such unfair trade. If there has been a large increase in harmful imports and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal decides that the retroactive application of anti-dumping duties is justified, the CCRA could levy duties on imported ARG windshields brought into Canada.

The Tribunal will begin a preliminary inquiry into whether the imports are harming Canadian producers, and will issue a decision within 60 days.

While the Tribunal is examining the question of injury, the CCRA will investigate whether the imports are being dumped and will make a preliminary decision within 90 days, which will be about the middle of March.

ADP Claims Services to Acquire Claims Business from ComputerLogic

ADP Claims Services Group has signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of ComputerLogic’s AutoVista claims line of business. The AutoVista assets will be combined with ADP’s Claims Gateway to provide a broad technology solution to the automotive claims industry.

Claims Gateway is a group of services that provides a communication link among all parties in the automotive claims process, including insurance companies, independent appraisers, collision repairers, automotive recyclers, and their vendors. It helps manage customer claims and bring them swiftly to resolution, reducing cycle time and its associated costs.

“Our vision is to act as a catalyst for a technology innovation in the automotive claims process,” said Gary Nixon, senior vice president of ADP’s automotive claims services. “The acquisition of AutoVista takes us one step closer to our vision by accelerating our Claims Gateway initiative.”

AutoVista provides an Internet-based claims processing solution to insurance companies, collision repair facilities, and independent appraisers. It translates estimates and images into an insurance company’s preferred format, and uses secure Internet connections to transfer them to appropriate parties. Several key AutoVista associates will join ADP Claims Services Group as a result of the acquisition.

“Our decision to acquire AutoVista resulted from an extensive evaluation of several emerging businesses and their technology solutions,” added Nixon. “AutoVista was the clear choice to help us deliver more features and services at a faster rate because of their superior technology and agile development capabilities.”

NACE 2001 Attracts More Than 32,000

A reformulated program appears to have helped the 2001 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) reach strong, if not record, attendance.

The show expanded its educational program in Las Vegas, added an Action Demo Arena to the Exposition and reformatted the Opening General Session to include three industry speakers.

Attendees showed a thirst for education, as many of the NACE Conference seminars and workshops had record participation. For the first time, many of the NACE Conference management track seminars were Automotive Management Institute accredited, also leading to increased attendance at many of these seminars.

“Many NACE seminars and workshops had 500-plus attendees. These numbers validate that our selection of topics for this year’s event was on target with the needs of the industry,” said Dana Bellantone, NACE show director.

The new Action Demo Arena on the Exposition floor also drew standing-room-only crowds for live demonstrations of some of the latest collision repair techniques, including auto glass installation, suspension diagnostics, resistance spot welding, panel bonding and airbags.

The NACE show floor was alive with activity, with many exhibitors saying their apprehensiveness about attendance in light of the September 11 events was cast aside after the first day, when crowds packed the aisles of the trade show floor.

“We had steady and strong participation in both the Conference and Exposition; even international attendance remained solid,” said Bellantone.

In the first two days of the show, already more than 32,000 people had attended the show. The NACE Exposition had participation from 560 companies that occupied 2527 booths and 252,700 square feet of space.

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