WSA Postpones 2020 National Championships & Skills Show

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) has decided to postpone the National Championships & Skills Show 2020 due to the coronavirus and COVID-19.

Instead, the event will be moved to Thursday 29 April until Saturday 1 May 2021, with the closing ceremony to be held on the evening of Sunday 2 May 2021. It will be hosted at the Penrith Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sydney, NSW.

International competitors will be invited to compete to assist with the final selection process for the 2021 Skillaroos, where they will represent Australia at the upcoming 46th WorldSkills International Championships.

Key Dates In 2021

  • 28 April: Familiarisation and opening ceremony
  • 29 April – 1 May: Competition dates
  • 2 May: Closing ceremony

WSA said it understands that the decision will be disappointing for many, but believes that the decision is in the best interests of everyone involved in the event. The company gave its appreciation for the understanding and support of the WorldSkills Australia community, encouraged people to follow all government guidelines to maintain health and wellbeing, and said it looks forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

WorldSkills Australia will release more information in the lead up to the event over the coming months.

Special CIECAst Webinar Announced For April

CIECA has announced that it will be holding a special CIECAst webinar on Monday 6 April at 11 AM CST.

The webinar, “How Our Industry is Addressing Challenges Created by the Coronavirus”, will feature business leaders from the collision repair industry and highlight ways that companies can continue to provide high-quality service while the coronavirus restrictions are in place.

The CIECAst webinar scheduled for 21 April, “The Importance of OEM Certifications,” has been postponed until August.

CIECA constantly looks for ways to help the collision repair industry approach evolving issues, increase efficiency and meet the needs of its customers,” said Ed Weidmann, Executive Director at CIECA. “We hope you can join us for this broadcast, which is aimed at addressing the many issues created by these challenging times.”

The speakers will include:

  • Mike Anderson, owner, Collision Advice
  • Debbie Day, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mitchell International
  • Shan McMillon, owner, Cocoa Auto Salvage and ARA Executive Committee member
  • Dustin Nunamaker, Director, Claims Material Damage, Kemper Insurance
  • Dan Risley, Vice President Quality Repair & Market Development, CCC

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

New Dates For IBIS Global Summit 2020

The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium has moved its flagship event, the IBIS Global Summit 2020, to new dates later in the year to cope with international travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The 20th edition of the IBIS Global Summit will now take place on 19-20 November at Le Méridien in Monaco, the same venue as originally planned for 8-10 June.

“All our delegates will be meeting up face to face in Monaco as we’d planned,” said Jason Moseley, CEO of IBIS. “Together as a strong IBIS community we’re going to make this a real celebration to remember – just what we’ll all need to get us back to normal.”

The first day of the event on 19 November will start with lunch, followed by conference sessions in the afternoon and a networking event in the evening. Day two will be packed with content and will culminate in a special 20th anniversary evening of celebration.

For further information and to find out how to be part of the IBIS Global Summit, contact IBIS head of sales Suzie Scott at [email protected] or +44 (0)7545 068455.

CIECAst Webinar Announced For April 2020

CIECA has announced its next CIECAst webinar – The Importance of OEM Certifications. The webinar will be held on Tuesday 21 April at 11 AM CST, will run for one hour and feature Connor Smith, Senior Manager of OEM at CARSTAR.

Smith will talk about the importance of OEM guidelines in an environment of frequent vehicle advancement. He will also share how the steps to review guidelines can be added to the repair process, where information can be accessed and how to make it a priority for teams.

Smith is a long-time member of CARSTAR, holding various positions across departments including insurance, analytics, procurement and operations before moving into his current role. Smith works closely with vehicle manufacturers to better understand vehicle advancements and shares best practices with facilities. He also helps collision repairers understand the importance of becoming certified.

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) after the CIECAst webinar.

Automechanika Istanbul Postponed To June

Turkey’s International Automotive Industry Fair is being postponed to 25-28 June 2020 in light of the coronavirus being classified a pandemic and spreading so rapidly. The event will be held at the TUYAP Fair and Exhibition Center.

Organisers say they expected the 2020 edition to break a new record in exhibitors and visitors from many countries as it had in 2019. Despite the lack of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Turkey, organisers said they had taken into consideration international and Turkish domestic travel restrictions, along with responsibilities towards the elimination of public health risks, in joining many similar international fairs to postpone the event.

The fair is the world’s third largest and Turkey’s leading international automotive industry fair. The 2019 event set a record in Istanbul with 1397 attendees hosting a total of 48,737 visitors from all over the world. The fair gathers the Turkish, North African, European, and Middle Eastern automotive industries and acts as a meeting hub for Turkey and the surrounding region.

Northeast Trade Show Postponed To August 2020

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers/New Jersey (AASP/NJ) has rescheduled its Northeast 2020 Automotive Services show due to the coronavirus. The event will now take place from 21-23 August.

“After careful consideration, due to recent events in our area, AASP/NJ has decided today to reschedule AASP/NJ’s Northeast 2020 Automotive Services Show, originally scheduled to take place March 20-22 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center of Secaucus, NJ, to new show dates of August 21-23, 2020,” said trade show management in a statement.

“Amid coronavirus concerns throughout the tri-state area, and growing difficulty in attendees’ ability to attend our event, it became inevitable to reschedule this year’s show dates for the safety and wellbeing of all parties involved in the Northeast show.”

According to management, all current Northeast 2020 booth agreements remain valid and will be applied to the new dates in August.

“We are truly sorry to have had to make this decision, but our top priority remains the safety of our attendees, exhibitors and supporters and based on these concerns as well as increasing feedback from our industry’s constituents, we trust that you will

PaintExpo Will Take Place At A Later Date In 2020

FairFair GmbH, the organiser of PaintExpo, has decided to hold the industrial coating technology trade fair later in 2020 due to the current situation with the coronavirus.

Organisers say the safety and health of everyone are its top priority and therefore will not hold PaintExpo as planned from 21-24 April. The decision came after re-evaluating the situation together with the exhibitor advisory board and Messe Karlsruhe.

The health measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute for large-scale events such as trade fairs would have resulted in severe restrictions both for exhibitors and visitors. The organiser will announce the new date for the trade fair as soon as possible.

CIECA Connex 2020 Registration Opens

CIECA has opened registration for its annual conference, Connex 2020, which will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 14-16 September.

The event will feature a line-up of business and technical speakers, networking opportunities and a vehicle gifting as part of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides programme. Also included will be a tour of Hendrick Motorsports.

The event is open to all industry stakeholders which includes CIECA members, non-members, OEMs, repairers, insurers, information providers, car rental companies, recyclers and new entrants to the collision ecosystem.

“CIECA Connex 2020 is a perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge of the issues challenging our industry,” said Ed Weidmann, CIECA Executive Director. “Standardised communication provides the ability to streamline interaction among companies. Connex is an excellent forum to learn about data standards, new business practices and the technical knowledge needed to streamline business workflows and compete in today’s challenging and ever-changing marketplace.”

For information about early-bird registration and discounted room rates, click here.

HD Repair Forum Details Agenda For 2020 Event

The HD Repair Forum has released its agenda for its annual two-day heavy-duty collision repair market event. The company says the event will cover several important topics that impact everyday business and appeal mostly to the collision repair and heavy-duty fleet community.

From 24-25 March, three seminars will be held at the event in Fort Worth, Texas. The events are as follows:

Building a Talent Strategy for Today
Speaker: Dylan Schweitzer, Corporate Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise
Educational Session Two: Day One, Tuesday, 24 March, 3:30 PM

The first seminar will inform on the changing workforce landscape and hunt for talent. Schweitzer will talk about the evolving generations and how his company has recruited top candidates for over 60 years.

Achieving Code Compliance & Maximizing ROI in Your Paint Shop
Speaker: Troy Volbrecht, Senior Territory Manager, Global Finishing Solutions
Educational Session Three: Day One, Tuesday, 24 March, 4:30 PM

The second seminar will explain the importance of code compliance for finishing equipment for meeting regulations and ensuring the safety of employees and facilities. Volbrecht will also talk about paint booth features and airflow designs to help employers pick the right paint booth for their facility and tips to increase the return on investment.

Understanding VMRS and What it Means to the Industry
Speaker: Jack Poster, VMRS Services Manager, Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association
General Session: Day Two, Wednesday, 25 March, 9:00 AM

The final seminar will cover vehicle maintenance repair standards and its relevance in North America. Poster will give an overview of the various use cases of the system and how it could help the collision repair industry.

To register for the event, click here.

CIECAst Webinar Announced For March 2020

CIECA has announced its next CIECAst webinar – The Key to Collaboration: Combining Technology and Communication. The webinar will be held on Tuesday 17 March at 11 AM CST, will run for one hour and feature Michael Ortega, Senior Director of Application Development at Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA).

Ortega will talk about collaborating effectively using the right technical tools, including OpenAPI (originally known as Swagger), and will share when to use the technology and how to align company teams.

Ortega has five years of management experience within IAA in leading diverse technical teams on a variety of projects with a focus on networking, compliance and information security. He helped revamp IAA’s disaster recovery testing process as a Business Continuity Program Manager and is currently responsible for the development, maintenance and running of the company’s external applications for sellers, applications for buyers, and the application integration platform. Ortega has over 20 years of network and information security expertise and has worked at IBM and R.R. Donnelly.

To register for the CIECAst, click here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take a short quiz to earn credit toward a professional designation from the Automotive Management Institute (AMi) after the CIECAst webinar.