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Tuesday, 07 December 2021 10:37

Collision Repair Industry Thought Leaders Share Innovative Ideas During IDEAS Collide Showcase

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Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS. Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS.


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Thought leaders from across the collision repair industry had the opportunity to share innovative ideas at the IDEAS Collide Showcase held during the 2021 SEMA Show.

The event was first introduced at the 2018 show by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) as part of its Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series.


This year, eight speakers were given 10 minutes each to talk about creative ways to help the industry evolve.


“The ideas that we’re exploring really traverse a lot of different business models and a lot of different topics,” said Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS. “Some of them will be about how we approach the industry and some of them will be very specific solutions to specific challenges.”


“We’ve always championed that the topics in this session should rattle the status quo,” added SCRS Chairman Bruce Halcro. “I think the lineup of contributors this year was poised to do just that and I personally find this to be one of the most ambitious sessions that breaks out of what we traditionally expect from industry education.”


Information about the SEMA Garage Detroit was shared by Ben Kaminsky, general manager.


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Kaminsky said the goal of SEMA Garage Detroit is to help SEMA members and partners develop new products, train and understand what they need to succeed in their businesses.


The 45,000-square foot facility offers the capability to conduct emissions and horsepower testing. A large install center is being set up for influencer videos and instruction manuals.


One of the highlights of the multi-million dollar project is the inclusion of an advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) center that encompasses two 40-by-60-foot rooms dedicated to ADAS and calibration.


While setting up the ADAS center, the team reached out to industry experts for their insight on what would be helpful to include. As a result, they purchased...

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