MPI centre receives important repair certification

Published: October 24, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Manitoba Public Insurance’s (MPI) recently opened auto body research and training facility has been officially certified by Certified Collision Care. The firm holds partnerships with Ford Motor Company of Canada, Nissan Canada, and Fiat Chrysler Canada, providing OEM certification. MPI’s new centre is now certified as an official repair house for those brands.

The state-of-the-art complex focuses on training in an effort to keep pace with “rapid changes in the design, construction, technology and reparability of motor vehicles,” provincial Minister of Crown Services announced on Tuesday.

The research centre is located in the J.W. Zacharias Physical Damage Research Centre in the City of Winnipeg. Qualified technicians can work with experts from the provinces repair industry as it seeks to cope with new method to repair vehicles and work with modern materials like carbon fibre and high-strength steels.

“This certification ensures proper and safe repair is being conducted to manufacturer’s specifications within our new facility,” said Ward Keith, vice president of business development & communications and chief administrative officer of MPI, on Monday. “Certification of our new physical damage and research centre validates our commitment to Manitoba’s collision repair industry.”

MPI had to pass the extensive certification process that allows the center to repair modern vehicles. The Crown corporation auto insurance provider says that less than 5% of Canadian repair facilities are certified in the same way.

“We are very pleased that Manitoba Public Insurance has achieved certification by Certified Collision Care, and meets the OEM certification criteria for Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Ford,” said Leanne Jefferies, vice president of Canadian operations for Assured Performance.

“The certification criteria is based upon auto manufacturer requirements,” Jefferies added in the release. “These are critical to ensure the vehicle fit, finish, durability, value and safety following a collision. As new model vehicles are being introduced that use lightweight, high-strength materials and advanced technology, a proper repair according to manufacturer specification is even more important than ever to ensure the passenger safety and proper performance of the vehicle.”