How Automotive Design, Technology and Materials Impact Repairability

By SEMA Editors

David Rigg will provide a detailed overview of the market developments and repairability research taking place between the steel industry and automakers.

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists' (SCRS) OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit—to be held Wednesday, November 5, at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2014 SEMA Show—will explore how automotive design, technology and materials impact repairability, and how in turn, repairability influences structural design and development. The full-day program will include four unique panel discussions with automakers, equipment suppliers, certified repair facilities and OEM certifiers/auditors, and will also feature special presentations from subject-matter experts on automotive materials. Registration is required to attend, and seats are limited.

As the agenda's newest development, SCRS has announced that David Rigg, project lead with the Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) Repairability Project, will provide a detailed overview of the market developments and repairability research taking place between the steel industry and automakers. The A/SP is a collaboration between the steel company members of the Automotive Applications Council of the Steel Market Development Institute, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. to pursue research, validation and education that help automakers enhance vehicle safety and fuel economy, and improve design and manufacturing. Through the A/SP, automakers and steel companies have worked to drive improvements and innovation in vehicles on the road and in repair businesses today.

"Participating in the SCRS OEM Collison Repair Technology Summit allows us the opportunity to interact with the leaders of the automotive repair industry to better understand their needs so that we can incorporate them into our project plan," said Terry Cullum, director of the A/SP. "Our goal is to share the latest technology on these innovative, advanced high-strength steel materials so that they can be repaired in the field using the best practices developed from our repairability project."

Rigg will deliver visibility into the technological advancements being made in the steel industry relative to automotive materials, along with an overview of how their market is developing as a result of increased collaboration toward ever-evolving safety and sustainability goals. He will share reasons behind the automakers' continued reliance on steel as a critical substrate, and what the industry is doing to aid in the development of that relationship. The presentation will ultimately address how repairability plays a role in material research and development, and the prevalence steel will have in the vehicles of tomorrow.

In addition to his role with the A/SP, Rigg serves as global service lead – structures, front and rear closures at General Motors, where he is responsible for the development, consensus, documentation and implementation of Global Service Requirements. He also represents service at the Advanced Vehicle Development Center for body structures.

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