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Markerstudy Announces Thatcham Research Membership

Press release   •   Dec 09, 2015 15:01 GMT

Markerstudy announced today that it has become a member of Thatcham Research, the UK’s only not for profit, motor industry funded, research centre. The move provides Markerstudy with invaluable access to vehicle group rating and technical data as well as an impressive training programme and bespoke courses designed specifically for its employees.

Established in 1969, Thatcham plays a vital role in maintaining safety standards in the insurance industry and enjoys a much wider remit, at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology research, spanning safety, security and repair, whilst also helping to keep premiums down.

Gary Humphreys, Group Underwriting Director commented: “Markerstudy Group is committed to working closely and sharing information with Thatcham Research and we are delighted to become members, supporting a vital industry resource that plays a key role in improving vehicle and customer safety, security and reparability.”

Peter Shaw, Chief Executive, Thatcham Research added: “We’re thrilled that Markerstudy has become our latest new member. As a fast growing and important automotive insurance player, Markerstudy will not only benefit from our experience and expertise in vehicle security, safety and repair, but also insights that build on Group Rating around the future risk of semi, or fully, automated vehicles.

The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, or 'Thatcham Research' as it is widely known, was formed in 1969 by British insurers. The centre is the independent voice of automotive safety & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham tests and accredits crash repair parts, vehicle repair technicians, and a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.