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I-CAR to serve as industry link for OEM repair procedures

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 18:47
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I-CAR has developed a “Conceptual Solution Set” that will help the collision repair inter-industry work more closely with OEMs. This proposed solution set will strive for uniformity and effectiveness of OEM repair procedures and make this repair procedure information, as well as general knowledge required by the industry to perform complete and safe repairs, more easily accessible.

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These collision student scholarships will be awarded as part of the Education Foundation’s spring 2013 scholarship/tool grant opportunities.

In response to the industry request conveyed to I-CAR at the 2011 Collision Industry Conference (CIC) meeting in Las Vegas, I-CAR plans to lead this initiative in an effort to expand the value that I-CAR delivers to the industry that it serves. I-CAR CEO and President, John Van Alstyne introduced the solution during the 2012 I- CAR Industry Event in San Antonio, stating that it will integrate five key elements that collectively address the needs identified by the industry.

The central element of the plan involves I-CAR acting as the linking pin between the collision repair inter- industry and vehicle OEMs. It also involves development of the I-CAR Industry Knowledge Portal, which will facilitate the dialogue and serve as a communication link between the industry and OEMs. Plans include cross-industry council meetings to help guide the initiative, semi-annual repairability summits to address identified repairability issues, online dialogue forums for sharing information and providing feedback and insights, and more. The solution set is to be validated and confirmed through the remainder of 2012 and into 2013, with implementation readiness currently targeted for mid-2013.

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