Programs to Offer In-Depth Look at Technology Evolution and What it means to the PDR Industry…

PDR Nation Chairman David Pinto will soon attend two industry events to be held in conjunction with the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The events include the annual Collision Industry Conference (CIC), slated for October 30, and a week-long education track presented by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), October 29 to November 2.

According to Pinto, attending the CIC in 2017 was important to PDR Nation in order to keep abreast of the changes in the automotive industry. Advanced safety systems, the need to understand diagnostic scanning, and the liabilities associated with modern automobiles were the key topics last year. Much of that knowledge was brought back and became the focal point of the Mobile Tech Expo classes that were available on Education Day to anyone who wanted to attend.

PDR Nation is continuing to keep on point with these issues, as well as continuing to push for an expanded OEM relationship with the paintless dent repair industry. The CIC 2017 was an important milestone for PDR Nation, as the contacts and relationships formed shaped much of what the organization has done in 2018.

After the CIC, several days of educational classes and panel discussions will be presented by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists. SCRS, along with ICAR, will provide much-needed information directed to the collision industry, but much of which also crosses over to the PDR field, as well as to other industry segments. The OEMs have added more of these advanced safety systems as standard equipment on 2018 and 2019 models. No longer is this something that is only available on the high-end luxury cars or as an optional equipment upgrade. Many manufacturers, including, Honda and Toyota, have made these systems standard.

PDR Nation has taken a keen interest in forming better relationships in the automotive industry so that we gather the necessary information our industry needs to do proper and safe repairs. It is the hope of the organization to provide educational material to the entire PDR community. To do this, PDR Nation needs the support of the industry as well. Not just in memberships, which is always needed. But also from industry professionals, who, when presented with the information on how to do proper and safe repairs, follow those guidelines.

For more information on becoming a PDR Nation member, or donating to support the continued drive for education, visit www.PDRNation.org or email Chairman@pdrnation.org


Collision Industry Conference

October 30, 2018

Renaissance Hotel

Meeting:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reception: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Westgate Resort & Casino,

For more information, including registration, program details and lodging, visit www.ciclink.com.


The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is designed to put SEMA Show attendees in touch with innovators in automotive structural design and technology. Each of the three Summit sessions will focus on a different topic, offering insights into emerging trends, how vehicles and materials are evolving, what skilled professionals need in the way of equipment and training, and what will be expected of those who are performing repairs.


SCRS Repair-Driven Education (RDE)

October 29 – November 2, 2018

Las Vegas Convention Center

Program includes RDE regular sessions, OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit Sessions, SCRS RDE Sky Villa After-Party

For more information, including RDE and SEMA Show registration, seminar details, RDE event fees and lodging, visit www.SEMAshow.com.

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