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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 17:47

SEMA Honors Collision Repair & Refinish New Product Award Winners

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If you've developed a cutting-edge piece of equipment, tool or product that can help body shops do a better job, SEMA will give you an opportunity to have it honored and recognized throughout the automotive industry worldwide.


Considered the Academy Awards for automotive product innovators, the SEMA New Product Awards can almost guarantee success for an established or growing business that captures one of these highly respected awards.


This year, more than 3,000 products were entered into 16 different showcase categories to be considered for the awards. Winners were judged on a wide range of criteria, including quality, marketability, innovation, technology and consumer appeal, among others.


The first place award in the Collision Repair and Refinish Product category this year went to ITW Evercoat for its OPTEX Color Changing Body Filler and Putty, while the two runners-up were Bonding Solutions for its Like90 Gun Cleaner and Scangrip for its NOVA-UV S.


Rage OPTEX changes colors from pink to green, indicating to the body shop technician that the repair is properly catalyzed and ready to sand. The color-changing technology is also available in putty. Both body filler and putty are available through Evercoat distributors or jobbers.


“The collision repair industry is changing, and body shops are looking for ways to increase productivity and reduce costs,” said Steve Levine, ITW vice president and general manager. “With the color-change feature of Rage OPTEX, the body shop technician doesn’t have to keep checking the repair---when the repair turns green, the technician knows it is ready to sand, taking the guesswork out of the repair and increasing productivity. Plus, Rage OPTEX is formulated with ECORESIN technology, allowing for fewer steps in the repair process and faster and easier sanding.”


Bonding Solutions was honored as a runner-up for its Like90 Gun Cleaner, a company that has captured many SEMA New Product Awards over the years. Bonding Solutions National Sales Director Bill Kernahan was delighted about the coveted award.

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