BMW April 2022

IBIS (International Bodyshop Industry Symposium) had good news to share when it announced recently that IBISConnect Africa 2020 – a live, interactive, online event – is to be broadcast between 10.00 and 13.00 SAST on 23 July. Although short in time, the event promises to focus on excellent networking opportunities and making those essential connections in business, as well as keeping content helpful and relevant in this already tough year. 

IBIS has embraced the opportunities of the new and burgeoning digital era to develop for its African audience a series of presentations, debates, interviews and Q&A in the tradition of IBIS regional conferences of which the first IBIS Africa took place in Johannesburg in May 2019.

On the agenda will be topics such as how the African market can learn from the new UK salvage code of practice, why it’s important for Africa to adopt a low energy technology and sustainability policy, as well as a comprehensive overview of the South African collision repair market.

The delegate experience will encompass a visit to the virtual exhibition hall, peer-to-peer networking using one-to-one and one-to-many online chat functionality, and a seat in the virtual auditorium to watch the event from the reality of the viewer’s safe haven of choice.

For more information on IBISConnect Africa, what lies behind the theme of strength through collaboration and to view the agenda, visit

To register free of charge or explore partnership opportunities, visit the website or contact IBIS head of sales Suzie Scott at or on +44 (0)7545 068455.

IBIS 2020 USA a vritual success

IBIS USA 2020, held for the first time as a live online simulcast on 2 April due to the coronavirus crisis, has been acclaimed an emphatic triumph by speakers and delegates alike.

Several key messages emerged during from the three-hour virtual event, including the absolute need for proper repair procedures, the opportunity that ADAS recalibration offers to forward-thinking bodyshops, and how the skills gap will likely widen as vehicles become more advanced.

Jason Moseley, CEO of the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), kicked things off with a live video opening address on the IBIS U.S.A. 2020 theme of 20:20 Vision, before introducing keynote speaker David Williams, the managing director of underwriting and technical services for AXA Insurance UK.

Risk and underwriting of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and how insurers are driving the regulatory environment were the focus of Williams’ presentation. During a Q&A which followed his presentation, Williams said: “Whether a car is driven by a person or by a computer, there should be only one set of rules. But whatever happens with [AVs] and shared mobility in the future will result in fewer vehicles needing to be repaired.”

The final speaker at IBIS U.S.A. 2020 – Tradiebot CEO Mario Dimovski – offered a visionary approach to attracting the next generation of collision repair workers with his fascinating session on augmented reality (AR) for collision repairs, including a demonstration of video gaming technology being used to train paint sprayers.

“Now is the time for our industry to plug into these advanced technologies, because if we are going to appeal to the next generation we need to be using the right kind of bait to attract them,” he said. “We need to show them that this industry is using the tools that are being used in real life,” he said.