I-CAR returns to roots with Inter-Industry July conference

I-CAR, the Collision Repair Inter-Industry's provider of technically focused education, knowledge and related solutions and services, has re-engineered its annual event to a new and exciting format focused on topics highly relevant to the entire Inter-Industry including repair organizations, vehicle OEMs, insurers, educators, suppliers and related services providers.

I-CAR's July 2013 Inter-Industry Conference theme is "Driving Excellence…In Technology: The Changing World of Vehicle Technology and What it Means to You."

The conference is designed to benefit industry leaders who recognize that vehicle technology changes are significant, moving quickly and broadly, and represent significant changes for the collision repair industry.

To this end, I-CAR is inviting technical leaders from NHTSA, IIHS, the Center for Automotive Research, vehicle OEMs, and OEM suppliers to share their knowledge on the vehicle technology developments coming soon to the collision repair industry. According to I-CAR CEO and president, John Van Alstyne, "Our focus for the conference is to help our industry better understand the impact associated with rapidly evolving vehicle technologies such as collision avoidance, telematics and CAFE driven vehicle lightweighting and architecture changes, and to learn about these directly from the technologists that are helping to create the future."

This fast-paced conference begins with a luncheon on July 24 at 12:30 p.m., and then proceeds into a general session with speaker presentations and a recap panel until 5 p.m. That evening, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the I-CAR Networking Reception and Sponsor Showcase Event.

Day Two kicks off at 8 a.m. with I-CAR Business over breakfast, where four national awards will be presented along with presentations from Van Alstyne as well as I-CAR board of directors chair, Bill Brower. The Day Two general session follows at 9 a.m. with more technical insights and concludes at 11 a.m. following an Inter-Industry panel that will discuss the impact vehicle technology changes will have on industry repair and business practices.