At the Industry Night event hosted by CSN-OpenRoad Richmond Auto Body. Check out the gallery below for more photos. All photos courtesy of Rebecca Fyfe of AutoHouse Technologies and Jeremy Bolderson of CSN-OpenRoad Richmond Auto Body.

By Raili McIvor

Richmond, British Columbia -- September 30, 2016 -- Close contact with the OEMs is more important than ever before. A recent event at CSN-OpenRoad Richmond Autobody brought together stakeholders from every segment of the collision industry to learn about OEM certification and training programs as well as the very latest repair techniques.

Representaives from Porsche, BMW/Mini, Acura/Honda, Lexus/Toyota and Volkswagen/Audi were all on hand at the event, with simulations demonstrating cutting edge diagnostics scanning, electronics calibration and repair procedures for advanced materials.

The crowd showed a cross-section of the collision repair industry, including students from collision repair and refinishing programs at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC). Students had the chance to mingle with OEM experts as well as collision educators and insurance, business and government professionals. Great door prizes and an impressive display of exotic cars including the Lexus LFA, Lexus RCF, Audi R8, BMW i8, Porsche Panamera helped to round out the evening.

The following sponsors helped to make the event possible: CSN Collision Centres, OpenRoad Honda, OpenRoad Toyota, the BCIT’s School of Transportation (Motive Power) and Audio Visual Services departments, AutoHouse Technologies, BASF Canada, 3M, White & Peters, Audi Boundary, OpenRoad Lexus, Porsche Langley, and the BMW Store. Catering was provided by Cocktails & Canapés catering + events.

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