SCRS Announces Focus of OEM Summit Session II 


The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) announced the topic of the second of three sessions in its OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, taking place Nov. 2 in the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2023 SEMA Show.

Join the collision industry from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for Session II: North American Automotive Material Outlook and Implications to Collision Repair. The session will be led by Abey Abraham, principal or automotive and materials, and Bertrand Rakoto, director of strategic intelligence, both with Ducker Carlisle.

The Ducker Carlisle team will outline research on the expected metallic and non-metallic material strategies that collision repair facilities will encounter.

As the fleet sees an increased transition from ICE vehicles to EVs and other alternate fuels, there are dynamic changes in the material makeup of vehicles including more advanced grades of steel, various types of aluminum, magnesium and composites that the collision repair industry will need to contend with.

Following the presentation, Abraham and Rakoto will introduce Dan Black, senior manager of service engineering-collision at Rivian, and Matthew Pitta, body repair technical manager at Lucid Motors, to discuss material selections in their models, and important details the industry will need to understand when repairing those vehicles.

SCRS previously announced the first session, from 9–10:30 a.m.: Understanding OEM Insurance, featuring presentations from Andrew Rose, president of OnStar InsuranceMike Slattery, head of insurance for Rivian, and Rob Spencer, president of Toyota Insurance and vice president of Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC).

The presenters will provide a deep dive into the emerging world of OEM insurance programs, insurance products designed and underwritten to deliver unique coverage to complement their vehicles and positively impact the consumer experience during the claims and repair process.

The OEM Summit offers attendees the opportunity to learn how vehicles, materials, technologies and trends are evolving in ways that will impact repair processes and repair businesses, and is made possible with additional support from AirPro Diagnostics, BASF Automotive Refinish, Car-O-Liner, CCC Intelligent Solutions, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Reliable Automotive Equipment Inc., Toyota Motor North America and SEMA.

Click here to register for Repairer Driven Education sessions, or use the SEMA Map Your Show sit to explore all available courses in the SCRS Repairer Driven Education (RDE) track.

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