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Among the highlights during a week of memorable moments at the IBIS Global Summit 2022 in Monaco in June was one of the final sessions of the international thought-leadership conference.

The audience of global collision repair industry leaders was transfixed, while on stage three young people – Rachel Murray, Ȧse Brekke Roe and Daryl Head – chatted with event moderator Sean Fletcher about their individual journeys into an industry they love, and how they believe we can attract the next generation of spray painters, panel technicians, body shop managers and business owners.

Norway WorldSkills Nationals champion Brekke Roe summed it up best: “For body shop businesses to reach young people, they need to be on social media, especially Instagram. It’s the best way to get the message out about repairing cars and all the other jobs that are available in the industry.”

Fellow panellists Head from FMG Repair Services in Swindon, himself a WorldSkills International silver medallist, and Murray from Paint By Rach in Belfast who won body shop magazine’s 2021 Paint Technician of the Year award, both agreed.

“I’ve teamed up with some body shops in Northern Ireland to shoot videos for Tiktok and Instagram showing how to repair cars properly and to show off what’s best about collision repair. We’re aiming to promote the industry as highly skilled and a great place to work,” Murray said.

“Very inspirational and true ambassadors for our industry,” was the widespread response to the session, which capped three days of insightful presentations, lively debate and panel discussions offering insight and solutions to the challenges the industry is facing around the globe.

Another IBIS Global Summit highlight came on day one, when Paul Gange, North America president at Advantage Parts Solutions (APS), was joined on stage by his APS colleague Dave Shepherd and, from Boyd Group Services in the U.S., Tim O’Day, to discuss the challenges presented by the continuing supply chain disruptions.

“Achieving collaboration is an ongoing challenge, but what are the opportunities the collision repair industry has to ‘optimise’ business results?” asked Gange.

“Every aspect of the collision repair industry has experienced disruption, innovation, automation, and consolidation. The one initiative missing from truly advancing our industry to new heights is optimisation. Because every industry stakeholder has a level of ‘waste’ built into their processes, our global ability to unearth leakage limits our ability to optimise, specifically, the OEM parts supply chain.”

O’Day added: “Obviously, we can’t fix a car without getting the parts, and the current supply chain disruption is seriously impacting our ability to repair cars. As a result, we’re now very focused on bringing cars in at the right time to maximise efficiency … and to provide a good experience for our customers.”

Shepherd agreed: “Above all, we mustn’t forget the end user – the person who bought the car and brought it into your business.”

IBIS Global Summit 2022, which celebrated 20 years of International Bodyshop Industry Symposium conferences, drew 330-plus leaders from the global collision repair community to Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo. It has been hailed a resounding success by delegates, sponsor partners and those who watched the Entegral-sponsored livestream broadcast.

On top of the two days of presentations, high-level debate and panel sessions, IBIS Worldwide teamed up with Axalta to host a welcome beach party on the shores of the Mediterranean, and an international poolside dinner.

“The networking opportunities have been second to none,” said one delegate. “A fantastic conference,” added another. “Engaging and thought provoking,” commented a third.

“Of course, none of this would have been possible without our event partners,” said IBIS Worldwide head of sales Suzie Scott. “So, I would like to thank our Platinum Partners 3M, Axalta, BETAG, Entegral, Repairify and Solera; our Gold Partners AkzoNobel, Advantage Parts Solutions, BASF, Kapci Coatings, OEC, U-POL and Verifacts; our Silver Partners Carstar, CSN Collision, DAT Group, I-CAR, Parts Trader, Tractable and Thatcham Research; and our Global Partners Automechanika, CESVIMAP, GiPA and WorldSkills.”