SOURCE: Mitchell International

Mitchell International

June 02, 2015 08:00 ET

Mitchell RepairCenter™ Expands Link With PPG Automotive Refinish PaintManager® Software

Two-Way Interface Increases Efficiency and Accuracy for Estimating Paint Costs

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 2, 2015) - Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries, has implemented a seamless two-way interface of Mitchell RepairCenter™ solution and the PAINTMANAGER® software color formula retrieval system.

Working in tandem, the two systems will help collision facility customers save time and reduce errors by eliminating the need for shop personnel to rekey vehicle and repair order information. Additionally, critical mix data from PPG's proprietary PaintManager software will automatically be transported back to the RepairCenter solution to achieve accurate paint material costs.

The PaintManager software helps boost collision center productivity by combining computerized color mixing accuracy and efficiency with comprehensive reporting and tracking features. The product is part of the PPG Automotive Refinish line of advanced technology paint and coating systems for the automotive and fleet refinishing industry. Mitchell's RepairCenter solution enables collision repair facilities of any size to select the features they want to manage the repair, their customers, and their business the way that best meets their needs. Repair facilities can also add modules as their business grows -- all from within their own personalized workspace.

The integration also improves the accuracy of overall job costing. Collision centers simply enter information once in the RepairCenter solution, and the system will generate a seamless, easily accessible data stream for partner tools to monitor and manage repairs and paint procedures on behalf of the body shop. This helps shops manage materials more effectively, improve technician efficiency and ensure that invoices sent to customers and insurance companies reflect the true list price of the paint used.

"We are very pleased with our partnership with PPG," said Jim O'Leary. "This arrangement clearly demonstrates our mutual commitment to the technological innovations and advances that are so important to our customers and for improving productivity and increasing revenue opportunities. This is a great example of how the RepairCenter solution's open platform and flexibility allow Mitchell to collaborate with industry leaders like PPG to continue delivering value to our collision repair customers."

"Integrating these systems is part of our promise to provide PPG customers with every opportunity to improve their paint operations," said Mary Kimbro, PPG Global Director, Color. "We are aware that our customers demand and deserve excellence in all aspects of the repair process. With the collision repair industry moving to new levels of technological capabilities, these two advanced applications represent the leading edge. By linking the systems, collision shops can experience improved productivity, efficiency, management and, of course, financial performance."

For more information, please contact a Mitchell representative at (800) 238-9111, PPG at (800) 647-6050, or visit www.mitchell.com or www.ppg.com for more information.

About PPG
PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™
PPG Industries' vision is to be the world's leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

The PPG Logo, and PaintManager are registered trademarks, and Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

About Mitchell International, Inc.
Mitchell International, Inc. is uniquely positioned to simplify, enhance and accelerate claims handling processes across the P&C industry through deep workflow solutions that include unparalleled access to data, advanced analytics and decision support tools. Our expert workflow and adjusting solutions advance the claims management process by enabling automotive physical damage, bodily injury and workers' compensation clients to process claims more accurately, consistently, and cost-effectively.

Mitchell's solutions provide an expert level of decision support and connectivity within the claims organization and with industry partners to achieve optimal outcomes. Mitchell's comprehensive solution portfolio and robust SaaS infrastructure enables tens of millions of electronic transactions to be processed each month for over 300 insurance companies, including the majority of the top 25 insurance carriers, and over 30,000 collision repair facilities. With an expanding global footprint, Mitchell products are currently utilized in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mitchell is headquartered in San Diego, California, and has approximately 2,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.mitchell.com/.

RepairCenter is a trademark of Mitchell International, Inc.