John Van Alstyne, CEO and President of I-CAR, will discuss the impact of industry globalization at the 2017 Collision Repair Expo in Melbourne, Australia on Friday, April 7.
Van Alstyne will address the collision repair industry’s critical need to make the commitment to develop and maintain the vital knowledge and skills needed to repair vehicles of today and tomorrow.
“New vehicle designs and technologies are being introduced at a rapid pace, and the collision repair industry is at a crossroads,” said Van Alstyne. “The knowledge and skills gaps among technicians are scaling globally at a rapid pace. A commitment to training is the only way our industry can perform complete, safe and quality repairs around the world.”
Van Alstyne’s presentation, “Globalization Impact Explained,” will provide the Collision Repair Expo audience a comprehensive overview of the challenges associated with the “Technical Tsunami™”; perspectives on trends and issues that affect the collision repair industry globally; a snapshot of what I-CAR is doing in the global markets it serves to address this challenge; and the documented ROI training generates for repairers, insurance carriers and OEMs. The discussion is designed to inspire others around the world to think through similar local solutions. I-CAR delivers its services and training throughout the United States, and licenses its programs for distribution in global markets, currently throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
The Collision Repair Expo is Australia’s most comprehensive exhibition of body finishing materials, crash repair equipment and tools. Hosted every two years by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), this year’s expo is co-located with the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo and will feature a combined total of 400 exhibits over nearly five acres of display space.
I-CAR Australia will be holding courses at the expo on understanding a learning culture and hiring to support a learning culture.
This is Van Alstyne’s second international address in less than 12 months. He spoke at the 2016 International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) last May in Barcelona, Spain on the topic of “Knowledge and Skills: The Requisite Foundation for Repair Excellence.”