Car-O-Liner announced it is backing the industry’s future leaders around the globe with participation at two major industry training events. First, Car-O-Liner is a sponsor of the Collision Repair Technology (CRT) competition at the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 22-26, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Then, Car-O-Liner is set to be a global sponsor of the Autobody Repair skill at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition August 11-16, 2015, in São Paulo, Brazil.
More than 6,000 career and technical education students – all state contest winners – will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields during the SkillsUSA Championships. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by the industry. The competitions will be open to the public and free of charge.
Car-O-Liner has supported the event for more than five years, providing frame alignment and measuring equipment for use at the CRT competition held June 24-25. Students will work against the clock and each other to repair a sample vehicle. Judging will be based on their speed of work, overall appearance of the finished product and safety practices employed.
“We are excited to participate in the national skills competition,” said Dan Trahey, training manager for Car-O-Liner. “Training our future technicians ensures they have the knowledge needed for a successful career in collision repair.”
Car-O-Liner will also participate in the WorldSkills Competition, held in South America for the first time in history at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil. The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills event in the world. Throughout its 65-year history, the competition brings together the best young people from around the world in their chosen profession as more than 1,000 competitors from more than 50 countries and regions compete for medals in 46 professional skills. This is the fourth WorldSkills Competition for which Car-O-Liner has been the global sponsor of the Autobody Repair skill.
Participating in the Autobody Repair contest are 20 global competitors, and the official vehicle body selected to be repaired is the Volkswagen Up. Car-O-Liner will occupy approximately 20,000 square feet of space with 23 complete work bays containing repair equipment from the Volkswagen/Audi/Skoda package VAS6528. Each work bay will contain a Quick 42 alignment bench, a Car-O-Tronic Vision2 X3 measuring system, EVO1, 2 and 3-1 anchoring and holding systems, a CTR12000 resistance spot welder, a CM273 Twin MIG/MAG welder as well as other equipment needed to repair the body to the point where it can be painted.
“The main purpose of this global sponsorship is for Car-O-Liner to emphasize the importance of vocational education for the younger generation in their quest for excellence within their chosen field of auto body repair,” says Jonas Gunnarsson, VP and BU manager automotive for Car-O-Liner Group AB. “We also hope to inspire and change the lives of young people, as skills excellence is the driving force behind success. Car-O-Liner is once again honored and committed to fulfill its sponsorship for the fourth consecutive event and sees WorldSkills as a very important marketing program.”