http://www.thatcham.org/car-safety/ A key member of European vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP, the work of Thatcham’s crash and safety team is integral in helping to reduce the unacceptably high number of death and serious injuries, which occur on UK roads each year.
Crash safety is split into 2 key areas: Primary Safety and Secondary Safety. Primary Safety is the technology which attempts to avoid the crash in the first place. Secondary Safety is technology which helps the human occupant survive the forces of an inevitable crash.
Over the last 50 years, the primary focus of vehicle manufacturers has been in protecting the occupant of the car. The introduction of technology such as seatbelts, air bags and the innovative use of strong, lightweight materials in body construction have contributed to huge advances in this area.
http://www.thatcham.org/ Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, the centre’s main aim is to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards.
Today, Thatcham Research still occupies its unique position as the UK’s only ‘not for profit’ insurer funded research centre. Whilst the original aims remain intact, the centre now enjoys a much wider remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology research, spanning safety, security and repair.
Whilst the majority of Thatcham’s work is funded by a levy on their 30 plus member insurers, the centre also generates its own revenue providing a unique range of products and services primarily to the motor repair industry, contributing to an annual turnover of around £15 million.
Based just outside Newbury in Berkshire, Thatcham Research has grown from small beginnings to an organisation now boasting over 180 staff, a state of the art vehicle research workshop, a Euro NCAP approved Crash Laboratory and two fully equipped automotive academies.
A founder member of the international ‘Research Council for Automobile Repairs’ (RCAR), Thatcham Research have also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.
Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research are regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.
http://www.thatcham.org/what-we-do/group-rating A key part of the Thatcham’s work is the administration of the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.
Thatcham take into account information derived from the assessment of a vehicle, including the ease of vehicle repair and the level of security. Thatcham provide the ABI Group Rating Panel with 70% of the information used to establish the insurance group of every private motor car registered in the UK.
http://www.thatcham.org/what-we-do/methods-repair Model specific crash repair methods are at the heart of Thatcham’s mission to ensure safe and cost effective vehicle repair. Working from a fully equipped and ultra-modern research workshop, Thatcham’s technical repair experts produce a wealth of vehicle repair data, ranging from light structural research, to full body methods.
By physically deconstructing and reconstructing vehicles during each project, Thatcham are able to provide details on every panel in a vehicle, ensuring safe, accurate and efficient repair methods aimed at returning crash damaged vehicles back to their pre-accident condition and NCAP safety rating.
http://www.thatcham.org/training The largest training facility of its kind in the UK, Thatcham’s Automotive Academy is widely recognised as a leading provider of skills training and accreditation to the motor repair and insurance industries. Uniquely positioned as the only training provider supported by a fully operational Repair Technology Centre, delegates at Thatcham benefit from access to the very latest equipment, vehicles and in-depth knowledge of the latest repair techniques and thinking.
Thatcham offers a variety of training and IMI Accreditation (formerly known as ATA) which underpins industry standards such as PAS125/BS10125. Our training and assessment focuses on the traditional repair disciplines of Paint, Panel, M.E.T. (Mechanical, Electrical, Trim) and Vehicle Damage Assessment (VDA), whilst we also offer specialist training on the latest technologies like Carbon Fibre and High Voltage vehicles. What’s more, being backed by a research centre means the academy’s training programme consistently leads the field in reflecting current industry initiatives, such as the recent development of a suite of sustainable repair training techniques.
All Thatcham programmes are practical and provide a wealth of hands on experience with the very latest tools and equipment courtesy of the close working relationships Thatcham has developed with suppliers and manufacturers of equipment, tools, paint, adhesives and other repair materials.
All this, combined with an extremely knowledgable and highly experienced training instructor team, allows delegates to stay ahead of the advances in the repair field as well as benefitting from a deliberately high ratio of instructors to delegates to provide that personal training experience.
Thatcham are the preferred supplier of body training for many UK vehicle manufacturers and have won several motor industry training awards, including becoming one of the first organisations in the region to be awarded the Training Excellence stamp in 2011. The Training Excellence Stamp represents those organisations that are committed to delivering the highest of training standards, but also provide immeasurable service to their customer needs. In achieving this mark of excellence, Thatcham have demonstrated their capability to deliver and sustain high performance now and into the future.
It’s not just experienced technicians who can benefit from Thatcham’s truly multi-franchise training experience. The Thatcham Apprentice Academy is a dedicated centre, providing a head start to those at the very start of their career through focused apprenticeships in Panel, Paint, M.E.T, VDA and Customer Services. Employing a block release system, Thatcham ensures that young technicians return to their employer with useable skills after each 2 week block, producing a rapidly productive technician and culminating with an Advanced Apprenticeship within just 2 years.
Crash repair in the UK is an industry which handles nearly 5 million repairs annually. By choosing Thatcham for these essential apprentice training programmes, employers, parents and ambitious young people can be assured that we will provide a training environment to ensure the best possible start to a career in this exciting and ever changing sector.