SCRS Showcases Emerging Trends in Session I of 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

Mechanicsville, Virginia, October 16, 2019 – The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) provides the final details of the 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit (Summit), announcing the content of the opening session.

To register to attend the Summit held Thursday, November 7 during the 2019 SEMA Show, visit Tickets can also be secured onsite, outside the education classrooms (N233-N241) in the Upper Level of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit, Session I:
Thursday, November 7, 9:00 pm – 10:30 am

From Substrate to Surface – Preparing for Emerging Trends in Automotive Technology
As regulatory pressures and consumer expectations rise, vehicle manufacturers often look for innovative solutions to account for initiatives to reduce accidents, reduce emissions, and increase performance. Automakers often discuss the vehicles they design in respect to how the parts of the vehicle interact as a whole, but a vehicle is much more than the sum of its parts. We are in a state of rapid change in automotive design. As structures, substrates, functions and coatings evolve to accomplish a more sophisticated, safe and feature-rich vehicle, many automakers seek out strategic partnerships in addition to internal design and development efforts to employ innovative technology applications. From the integration of autonomous technologies to mixed materials and light-weighting features, this presentation will give insight into the work to serve the needs of a modern-day fleet. All of this is important to the collision repairer to understand, as vehicle complexity drives changes in our space.

Join the following contributors for a presentation that sets the stage for what the industry can come to expect:

John Waraniak
Vice President, Vehicle Technology, SEMA

Matt Murphy
Chief Technology Officer, Material Sciences Corporation

Mircea Gradu
Senior Vice President of Validation and Quality at Velodyne Lidar

Christian Ruecker
Managing Director, DEKRA Services Inc.

“Our objective over the past five years with this Summit has been to help the industry look to the future and understand ways that sophisticated advancements in automotive technology are going to change how we approach collision repair,” state SCRS Chairman, Brett Bailey. “This session aligns perfectly with the goals we’ve set; to highlight automotive developments we are seeing in modern vehicles. I think we all have come to love the opportunity this Summit creates. This dedicated focus on emerging technology that influences repairability also provides the ability to interact with companies and individuals we typically wouldn’t have access to in a more traditional collision repair event.”

Other OEM Summit sessions being held on Thursday, November 7 include:

OEM Session II: 11:00am – 12:30pm
HELP! A Comprehensive Conversation Surrounding Accessibility to OEM Procedures and Technical Support

OEM Session III: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Meeting the OEM Expectation in Welding

Summit sessions can be selected individually, or as part of the Full Series Pass at

The 2019 OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is made possible with support from PPG Automotive Refinish; AkzoNobel; BASF; CCC Information Services, Inc.; Reliable Automotive Equipment; Enterprise; Toyota Wholesale Parts; and Spanesi-Americas.

To learn more about SCRS’ education series at the SEMA Show visit

About SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education: The 2019 RDE series marks the 10th delivery of collision repair education programs produced by SCRS for the SEMA Show. The series will feature 5 days of seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2019 SEMA Show. Repairer Driven Education includes general sessions Monday – Wednesday, the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit on Thursday, and the IDEAS Collide Showcase on Friday. The 2019 RDE series is made possible with support from AASP, AirPro Diagnostics, AkzoNobel, American Honda Motor Co., Axalta, BASF, CCC, Celette, Enterprise, GM, Hedson Technologies, PBES, Podium, PPG, Pro Spot, Reliable Automotive Equipment, Spanesi Americas and Toyota. Better your business by registering today at

About SCRS: Through its direct members and 38 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS Web site: You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: