CIECA forms new OEM procedures committee

May 12, 2022
‘In recent years, the OEMs have taken a much more active role in the collision repair process and the industry.’

CIECA recently announced the formation of a new committee that will be focusing on build sheet data and OEM repair procedures. Paul Barry, CIECA’s executive director, said that many in the industry see an opportunity to develop a more standardized approach to exchange repair procedure information and have asked CIECA to work with the industry to see what is possible.

“In recent years, the OEMs have taken a much more active role in the collision repair process and the industry,” said Barry. “For shops to repair vehicles properly, they need easy access to repair procedures in a consistent fashion.”

Idea for new committee

The idea for this new committee came about when CIECA’s Emerging Technologies Committee was reviewing pain points in the collision industry and determined that OEM repair procedures and build sheet data needed to be addressed, said Paulette Reed, CIECA’s technical project manager. 

The new committee will be chaired by Mark Allen, manager collision, equipment and EV after sales service at Audi of America, and Phil Martinez, technical consultant at Mitchell International and CIECA’s current chairman.

“We are excited to assemble a committee of industry experts who can help guide the creation of standards that benefit all segments of the industry,” said Barry.

The committee chairs encourage all interested industry stakeholders to attend the meetings.

“We need businesspeople as much as we need technical people to ensure we develop standards and solutions that meet the needs of our industry,” said Martinez.

All industry stakeholders, including CIECA and non-CIECA members, are invited to join.

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