Learn How Auto Design Developments Impact Collision Repair at OEM Technology Summit

By SEMA Editors
The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will take place Wednesday, November 5, at the 2014 SEMA Show.

In early August, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the launch of the first, issue-specific, collision repair industry forum being held at the SEMA Show. The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held Wednesday, November 5, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and will explore how automotive design and technology intersect with repairability, and how developments in this area impact the collision repair process. Register at

In addition to panel discussions with technology experts representing the automakers, certified repair facilities, equipment suppliers and certifiers/auditors, the program will feature special presentations from subject-matter experts on automotive materials.

SCRS has announced that Doug Richman, technical committee chairman of the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG), will offer insight into the role aluminum will play in collision repair businesses now and in the future.

"The ATG is eager to share with SCRS session attendees key insights on aluminum's long history in the automotive industry," Richman said. "Aluminum-intensive vehicles have been in the marketplace for many decades and are regularly repaired as needed. Within the next 10 years, seven out of 10 new pickups produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied, according to a recently released survey of automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide. As aluminum use in auto bodies grows exponentially in the next decade, we applaud the SCRS' efforts to educate and train repair professionals to be better prepared for the change in status-quo materials that come through their shop doors."

Richman will deliver visibility into the technological advancements being made in the aluminum industry relative to the automotive market, and an overview of how their market is developing as a result of increased integration into our modern fleet. He will share reasons behind the automakers interest in and use of aluminum, and what their industry is doing to aid in the development of that relationship.

For more information about SCRS' Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series, and to register for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and other RDE sessions, visit