For years there has been a major issue facing the auto body and auto repair industry. On May 14th 2014, Steve Marks from I-CAR is set to address this issue and lay out the framework to a viable industry solution at the Great Designs in Steel Conference. The issue at hand is that there is a large disconnect between the collision repair industry technicians and repair shops with the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in the automotive industry. The goal with the ideas being presented is to improve awareness of the challenges that repair workers are facing, aim at reducing gaps in repair information and also to help improve the standardization of accessibility to the information required to preform proper repairs.
I-CAR has and will continue to operate as the essential ‘linking pin’ between the manufacturer and the repair specialist. The idea of the ‘linking pin’ is part of four key elements in the I-CAR Reparability Technical Support program, which has been created in order to provide improved technical support to the repair industry as a whole, with the ultimate benefit being passed down to the consumer in the end. At the conference next month, Steve Marks will outline key changes they will be making in their process to ensure that as technology continues push the steel industry ahead, there is adequate support systems available to the repair specialist.
At Sanford Paint and Body and Martin’s Collision Center, we make sure that we are always on top of the leading and emerging technologies when it comes to car manufacturing and development. We want to make sure that we stay ahead of the curve as it pertains to what types of repairs we may be making in the future to these newly designed automobiles. In order to not be caught off guard by procedures or processes involved in auto body repair, we have maintained an I-CAR Gold membership for as long as we have been in operation. This ensures that we have the latest in techniques and technology when it comes to repairing any type of vehicle.
1Collision Network to Host Educational Events
1Collision Network, a Chicago based paint and body shop, stated this past Tuesday that they were going to hosting their annual Thriving in a Consolidating Marketplace educational workshop twice this year in June. The educational workshop is geared toward independent and dealer shops alike, with strategies, technology and tactics developed to help these smaller shops compete with the larger, nationally branded chains. Anyone who attends one of the two workshops will also be able to accumulate 14 hours worth of credits toward the Automotive Management Institute’s Accredited Automotive Manager designation.