I-CAR Assembles Industry Relevant Lineup of Collision Repair Classes, Demonstrations and Experts for NACE | CARS 2016, Aug. 9-13 in Anaheim, Calif.

Hoffman Estates, IL
June 22, 2016
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, returns to the annual NACE | CARS 2016 Expo & Conference in the Anaheim Convention Center in California, August 9-13, with a new lineup of insights, instruction and information to help advance the knowledge and skills of collision repair professionals.

Those attending the expo will have the opportunity to experience I-CAR classes, see live demonstrations and hear presentations by industry experts. All of this happens in I-CAR’s three main spaces at the NACE CARS expo: on the I-CAR Main Stage, at I-CAR’s Booth #679 and in I-CAR classrooms.

“The expo is an exceptional opportunity to see, learn and experience the evolving processes and skills required to repair today’s advanced, complex vehicles,” said I-CAR CEO and President John Van Alstyne. “Our industry is experiencing a ‘Technical Tsunami™’, and our significant presence at NACE | CARS is designed to help equip industry professionals with the knowledge and techniques they need to manage the onslaught of new vehicles, new materials and new technologies we are already seeing today and will increasingly see in the years ahead.”

I-CAR Main Stage Demonstrations

I-CAR will bring automotive industry experts to the I-CAR Main Stage to deliver technical presentations on the latest repair techniques, tools and equipment. These live demonstrations will provide participants their first look at advanced repair methods and details on diagnostics.

Among the demonstrations on August 11 and 12 are (in order of appearance):
  • Blueprinting Class Demonstrations, by Shawn Collins of I-CAR
  • BMW Carbon Fiber – Damage Assessment and Repair Methods, presented by Ricky Hernandez of BMW
  • F-150 Apron Tube Replacement, presented by Shawn Collins of 3M
  • Remote Vehicle Diagnostics with Astech2, presented by Jake Rodenroth of CDS
  • MIG Brazing for Honda Accord B-Pillar Replacement, presented by I-CAR
  • BMW “New 7 Series” – New Design, Technology and Repairs, presented by Anthony McDonald of BMW
On-Site I-CAR Training Courses

Event attendees can sign up for I-CAR training courses delivered at various times throughout the event, gaining on-the-spot repair knowledge that can help them improve cycle times and production processes all across their shops. The auto industry launches roughly 142 new vehicle designs every year in the U.S. alone, many of them employing new materials that require new or different repair processes. Therefore, collision repair professionals must regularly update their skills and vehicle repair acumen regularly. Highly trained technicians who apply the latest repair methods are better equipped to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. With I-CAR training, those technicians repair vehicles up to 14 percent faster than untrained technicians, according to industry research data.

Training course topics delivered (in order of appearance) will include:
  • Understanding the Cycle Time Process, by Wayne Krause
  • Synchronizing Workflow Through Team Communication, by Jim Matherly
  • Refining the Team and the Business, by Graci Gallegos Smith
  • Vehicle Technology and Trends 2016, by Graci Gallegos Smith
  • Blueprinting Process and Damage Discovery, by Shawn Collins of I-CAR
  • Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety and Refinish Safety, by Wayne Krause
  • Rivet Bonding Hands-On Skills Development, by Toby Chess
Additionally, I-CAR Director of Business Development Nick Notte will show participants how to calculate the return on investment from training, which has been objectively shown to improve shop efficiencies and profitability. His session, “Training Pays – Calculate Your Shop’s Training Return on Investment,” will be Friday, August 12.

I-CAR Industry Experts

Attendees can visit I-CAR booth #679 and have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with knowledgeable experts from I-CAR, the collision repair industry’s go-to source for solutions that can help improve the bottom line of any shop. They will be available to answer questions about the latest developments within I-CAR including collision repair processes and professional education.

Additional details about I-CAR’s offerings at NACE | CARS 2016 will be issued next month. For a complete list of I-CAR classes at NACE, please visit www.I-CAR.com/NACE.