Mitchell International, Inc., announced a partnership with collision repair research firm Thatcham (The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre), which specializes in European and Asian nameplates. This partnership marks the first time Thatcham’s fully researched, proprietary repair methodologies will be offered in the North American collision repair market.
Today’s vehicles are increasingly unique in their design, and each model year, vehicle manufacturers add sophisticated technology to improve structural strength, Mitchell says. Thatcham’s online solution, ThatchamNet, works with Mitchell Information Center’s OEM repair data to provide technicians with the collision repair information needed to keep up with changing vehicle designs.
Thatcham collision experts’ methodology includes tearing down the latest vehicles in their UK-based technical research center to completely understand vehicle construction and devise pragmatic repair techniques that replicate the strength and integrity of the original construction, Mitchell says. Thatcham’s research team works closely with both vehicle manufacturers to "design in" reparability and the collision repair industry to enable shops to repair high-tech vehicles with confidence.
"Mitchell’s partnership with Thatcham brings our customers unprecedented coverage of collision repair content, especially for complex, difficult to repair European and Asian market models," said Marc Brungger, executive vice president of auto physical damage for Mitchell International. "With this new partnership, we will be the first to introduce the North American market to repair procedures that are both independently researched and OEM backed.”
Visit www.mitchellinformationcenter.com for more information.