Physical and digital inventory innovator Würth Additive Group, a Würth Industry North America company’s CEO, AJ Strandquist, will join the groundbreaking, internationally recognized 3D Printing in Auto Collision Task Force. It was recently announced at the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) Global Summit 2023 in Milan, Italy.
In April 2023, during the IBIS USA 2023 trade conference in Nashville, Tennessee, IBIS Worldwide announced that it’s launching an industry-first 3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force to be led by Mr. Harold Sears.
With an impressive resume in 3D printing and additive in automotive industry leadership, Sears will drive the task force efforts with more than 30 years of industry experience, including leading Ford Motor 3D Printing Solutions for over two decades.
This strategic partnership aims to drive innovation and facilitate the integration of 3D printing technology within the automotive repair industry. By joining the task force and collaborating with the other members, Würth Additive seeks to advance the adoption of 3D printing, ultimately revolutionizing collision repair processes and enabling the use of 3D printed parts via Würth’s advanced digital inventory management program called DIS3DP.
3D printing technology allows collision repair professionals to produce complex parts on demand, reduce lead times, and enhance repair accuracy. 3D-printed parts can minimize waste, streamline inventory management, and contribute to a more sustainable automotive repair ecosystem.
“I am honored to be included in the groundbreaking initiatives of this task force and for the future collaboration of this thought leadership,” said AJ Strandquist, CEO of Würth Additive. “I appreciate the Würth organization for supporting the vision of digital infrastructure, and Würth Additive’s unwavering commitment to these efforts. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the task force to take the next steps in implementing additive manufacturing best practices, integrating digital inventory management solutions, and helping to shape the transformation of the automotive repair industry through the innovations of 3D printing.”