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  • ICA Joins NHTSA in Reminding Motorists to Protect Vehicles from Corrosive Deicing Chemicals

    Jan 06, 2017
    International Carwash Association is reminding motorists that the use of wintertime deicing chemicals can cause serious damage, particularly to the exposed underbody of vehicles.
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  • Ford dives into city of the future ... what does that mean?

    Nov 30, 2016
    Ford Motor Company recently announced plans to develop a “smart city” based on data collected from autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure and ride/bike sharing programs. Granted, the company doesn’t have a presence in all of those spaces just yet, but it has said it’s ready to put dollars and resources behind the venture.
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  • ICA Announces Initiative to Address New Vehicle Technologies

    Sep 15, 2016
    International Carwash Association (ICA) has announced a new initiative to address emerging vehicle technologies and their growing impact on car wash operators and drivers.
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  • ICA's New Strategic Plan

    Apr 26, 2016
    Read about International Carwash Association's new strategic plan.
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  • Car Washes: Safer for vehicles than ever before

    Feb 10, 2016
    Today's cleaning technologies result in cleaner cars, safety cleaned.
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  • New Vehicle Technologies - UPDATE

    May 27, 2015
    ICA provides an update on its work on new vehicle technologies.
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  • New Vehicle Technologies

    Jan 06, 2015
    Over the past few years, we’re aware of an increasing number of car-wash related issues with new vehicle technology.
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  • Watch out for Matte Finishes

    Nov 14, 2014
    Vehicles with matte finishes have been appearing with some increased frequency at professional car washes.
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  • Why Car Wash Show Europe: A letter from ICA's President

    Jul 24, 2014
    Car Wash Show Europe will provide the successful platform car wash operators and suppliers have enjoyed in North America, with networking, education and exhibits – presented by a not-for-profit association focused exclusively on advancing the professional car wash industry.
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  • U.S. Car Wash Industry Shows Growth in 2012

    Feb 19, 2013
    Data supplied by retail car wash locations through the International Carwash Association’s Wash Count™ program showed that the U.S. car wash industry continues to recover with the overall economy, posting gains in both average car washes per location (wash counts) and average revenue per car wash (ticket average).
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  • U.S. car washes get increased media attention

    Sep 21, 2012
    Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring an increase in media attention toward worker conditions and hour and wage compliance in the U.S. car wash industry. Initiatives similar to the one led by the AFL-CIO in California have been recently replicated in New York City and Chicago.
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  • Drought and Professional Car Washes

    Sep 11, 2012
    Drought has been an issue across much of North America this year. In some areas, government has restricted water usage by homes and businesses. In the most severe of instances, we are aware of – and have been working with – car washes that have been closed.
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  • ICA creates three new events

    Jul 03, 2012
    Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared news with you about exciting enhancements to the WaterSavers® program and the launch of our new benchmarking program, Wash Count™. Today, we’re announcing three new events planned for 2012 that are available exclusively to International Carwash Association® (ICA) members:
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  • 7 out of 10 consumers use professional car washes

    Jun 22, 2012
    CHICAGO (June 18, 2012)—In a recent study commissioned by the International Carwash Association®, 69 percent of respondents reported using professional car washes most often. This statistic is up from 52 percent in 1996. “We find it very exciting that each time we survey, the needle keeps moving up for professional car washing,” commented the CEO of the International Carwash Association, Eric Wulf. “In roughly 15 years, we’ve gone from 1 in 2 to 7 in 10 people choosing a professional car wash most often. This is a great testament to consumers’ understanding that choosing a professional wash is a significant way to reduce their ecological footprint.”
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  • New and improved: Wash With WaterSavers

    Jun 19, 2012
    In my last post, I wrote to you about Wash Count™, our new benchmarking program that is free for International Carwash Association® members. (You can register and learn more at Today, I’m writing to share exciting news about our award-winning WaterSavers® program.
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  • ICA launches Wash Count

    Jun 11, 2012
    Building on the success of The Car Wash Show™ 2012, I’d like to share with you several exciting updates from the International Carwash Association®. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sending you information about three new educational and networking events planned for this fall, as well as enhancements to our WaterSavers® program. Today, I want to share with you our newest program: Wash Count™.
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  • The meaning of membership

    Nov 17, 2011
    Membership, membership, membership… What does it all mean? This is a fairly common question for trade associations. We’re typically less oriented toward particular product sales than other businesses, and this can make answering the question “why are or aren’t people joining?” more challenging. (Not that this is an easy questions for any business though.)
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  • Broader reach, smaller world

    Oct 18, 2011
    This past week we were in Paris for the Equip Auto show, one of Europe’s largest automotive shows, which also includes a car wash component. Our experiences there, including meeting with new members and leading suppliers and operators, was another reminder of the growing inter-connectedness of the world – and that it’s no different for our industry.
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  • CEO Supplier Summit launched

    Sep 14, 2011
    Last week we hosted a new program for vendor members, the Supplier CEO Summit. 30 owners and c-level executives met in Chicago for networking and presentations on business strategy and economics. Feedback on the event was great, and we’re already looking forward to the next edition.
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  • New magazine, new opportunity

    Sep 12, 2011
    The first edition of CAR WASH Magazine, ICA’s new quarterly magazine for members, is at the printer. Every member company will be receiving their copy in the mail this month, with the digital edition scheduled to be released sometime in October. No small amount of planning and work has gone into this new endeavor, and we are excited for your feedback and suggestions. We are also eager to use the magazine as a new vehicle to share relevant ideas and insights with the leaders of the professional car wash industry.
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