SOURCE: Mitchell International

April 27, 2007 13:21 ET

Mitchell International Integrates APU Solutions'® PartsNetwork™ With Estimating Solution

UltraMate® Premier Suite With PartsNetwork Delivers Industry's Only "Real Steel, Real Time®" Alternative Parts Management System

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 27, 2007 -- Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of performance management solutions to the automotive insurance claims and collision repair industries, today announced it has integrated APU Solutions'® PartsNetwork™, an online software solution that provides real-time inventory searches and procurement for alternative parts, with Mitchell's UltraMate® Premier Suite estimating solution. The combination makes Mitchell the only estimatics company that can provide a genuine "Real Steel, Real Time®" alternative parts locating and procurement system. Now, insurers and repair shops will be able to conduct real-time searches, from within the estimating application, of APU's alternative parts suppliers' inventory management systems.

"The integration with APU Solutions increases alternative parts utilization while reducing time-consuming re-keying for our insurance and collision-repair partners when creating estimates," said Marc Brungger, Mitchell's Executive Vice President. "We are always seeking ways to simplify and create more efficiency in the repair process for our customers. APU's PartsNetwork is a solution that fits this mold perfectly and represents the industry's next generation of alternative parts management."

"Mitchell is the market leader in providing innovative solutions that solve real problems that carriers and shops confront on a daily basis in the auto claims repair process. We're excited about the opportunity to integrate PartsNetwork with Mitchell's UltraMate Premier Suite estimating solution to help their customers streamline workflows and increase alternative parts utilization," said Charles Lukens, Chief Executive Officer of APU Solutions. "We have always believed that access to live inventories solves the industry's long-standing problem of static parts databases containing phantom parts that cause more friction in the repair process."

About Mitchell International, Inc.

Mitchell International ( is a leading provider of information, workflow, and performance management solutions to the automotive insurance claims industry, serving carriers, collision repair facilities, and other commercial participants in the physical damage and auto-related medical claims markets. Mitchell facilitates millions of electronic transactions between more than 16,000 business partners each month to enhance their productivity, profitability, and customer satisfaction levels.

About APU Solutions

APU Solutions ( is the leader in providing alternative parts management and online parts procurement solutions to the insurance, collision-repair and alternative-parts industries. APU delivers efficiencies and expanded market opportunities for buyers and sellers of alternative automotive parts through its open-exchange, Web-based environment. APU succeeds on the strength of its communities, the unlimited opportunities provided by a free market, and an environmentally responsible product.

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