MPI opens modern automotive research centre

Published: October 18, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has opened its new modern centre for automotive research. 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.

“Changes in how vehicles are manufactured are having a significant impact on the reparability of new vehicles,” Cullen said in a release from MPI. “The opening of this new research and training facility will benefit vehicle owners and Manitoba’s collision repair industry by ensuring that when vehicles are involved in collisions, they will be properly repaired back to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards.”

Red River College will also lend its expertise to the centre and give training to participants. The release says this will mean “significant savings for local collision repair shops that would otherwise have to spend thousands of dollars to send their autobody technicians to out-of-province training sessions.”

“Manitoba Public Insurance recognizes that the auto manufacturing industry is creating significant change for the collision repair industry and costs of repairs are increasing, which is why we are taking steps to save Manitobans money over the long-term,” the Crown corporation’s president and chief executive officer, Dan Guimond, added.

Guimond says the facility and staff will give auto technicians in the province the ability to be skilled in vehicle construction and repairs.

“Doing so ensures that if our customers are involved in subsequent collisions, they will never be put at risk to injury or death as a result of their vehicles not being repaired properly back to manufacturer standards. This also helps to ensure the value of a vehicle is not diminished as a result of being involved in a motor vehicle collision, thereby protecting the financial investments of our customers,” Guimond said.