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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012


Wiert Willemszoon Sikkens establishes a “paint works” in the Netherlands and in 1837, his son, Geert Willem Sikkens enhanced the business by establishing the G.W. Sikkens & Company paint works.  Today, the Sikkens Company is one of the major suppliers of automotive refinish paint in the U.S.  If you have ever been in an auto accident anywhere in the world, there is a good chance your car was painted with a product made by a company with a 220 year old history!

(Source: Tomorrow’s Answers Today: The History of AkzoNobel Since 1646)

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