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Akzo enters UK accident management

Netherlands-based Akzo Nobel subsidiary Nobilas has entered the UK market with the takeover of Aon’s accident management business in this country, including first notice of loss, call centre and repair management services.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the business will continue to target insurance companies, leasing companies, rental firms and fleets.

Rob Klinkart, director of sales for Europe at Nobilas International, says: “We have taken over the Aon accident management activities, including the contracts with around 150 bodyshops. We believe we can create added value for bodyshop owners by helping them to improve their performance and their competitive position. We also believe the Nobilas network will become the standard in the marketplace.”

Klinkart expects the number of bodyshops in the Nobilas network to increase in the future. Geoff Bullen, Nobilas’ operations director, will head up the business on a temporary basis until a new general manager is appointed.

Rudy van der Meer, the Akzo Nobel board member responsible for coatings, says the acquisition will establish Nobilas as a top three player in the UK. Nobilas’ general manager, Cor de Grauw adds: “This deal underlines our ambition to become a key service supplier. Aon’s position in the corporate fleet sector gives us an excellent opportunity to develop the business.”

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