May 2019 saw the very first IBIS Africa take place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Very much a nascent market for IBIS, we worked collaboratively with our regional medi a partner Auto Refinisher and our partners Axalta and Solera Audatex to shape the agenda and develop the attendee list.
Eighty-five percent of those who attended told us the event had either exceeded or fully met their objectives for attending. So, why did they attend? One delegate cited the desire to learn about the latest industry trends and to network. Others wanted to understand changes and new challenges and meet up with other players in the industry and share views.
Such results and feedback were highly encouraging and fully reflect what IBIS stands for – thought leadership, knowledge sharing, business development and peer-to-peer networking for the leaders of the collision repair industry. Practically speaking, all of this means we’re galvanised to return. in Spring later this year. The venue once again is Emperors Palace.
From last year, we now know the key to a sustainable and profitable future is for the African market is technological and operational innovation. That’s great, but each segment of the industry can’t get there by itself. It’s only by sharing information, learning from each other and taking inspiration from what’s happening in overseas markets that we’ll succeed.
Simply put, we must all collaborate. The agenda items we’ve selected will give delegates the market insight, the external perspective and practical knowhow to help them do just that.
Topics for discussion include the UK’s experience in successfully managing vehicle salvage and a comprehensive analysis of the South African collision repair market from IBIS’ new global market information partner, GiPA.
Consolidating on what was discussed and learnt at IBIS Africa 2019, we’ll delve deeper into how technology will play a key role in the way service providers, insurers and end customers communicate with each other.
We’ll also continue the IBIS mission, in collaboration with our global skills Partner, WorldSkills, to inspire and encourage youngsters to take up a career in our industry.
For more information on IBIS Africa and to book your delegate place or explore partnership opportunities, please contact IBIS business development manager Suzie Scott at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.