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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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Monday, December 2, 2013


DuPont records $2.4 billion in sales, more than any other chemical company at the time; one-third higher than it’s nearest competitor, ICI. Through the 1960’s DuPont produces a dizzying array of products with increasing retail awareness. DuPont was no longer a behind-the-scenes chemical company but a major producer of consumer goods. During the 1960’s, DuPont spent $100 million to launch 41 new products – and still maintained their spot as a major player in the automotive refinish business. Most recently, DuPont spun-off their automotive refinish division which is now known as Axalta, still a major player in the automotive refinish market.

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