Waiting List For IBIS In Montreux !

With three months to go before the eighth annual International Bodyshop Industry Symposium – IBIS – this year’s event is already fully subscribed, with a waiting list for delegate places.  IBIS 2008, which will take place at the Montreux Palace Hotel, Montreux, Switzerland between June 9-11, has proved to be an irresistible draw for industry leaders and influencers from around the world.


IBIS provides global interchange

317 people attended the eighth International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS), held at the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland in early June. The IBIS debate centred on vehicle safety systems and their impact on reparability, skills resourcing, write-offs, and how ‘lean thinking’ can improve the repair industry.


BASF Coatings’ Success With Nissan in Russia

The fact that global presence is a key success factor has been demonstrated by BASF Coatings’ success at the Nissan plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. BASF Coatings supplies all spraypaints for Nissan’s Teana and X-Trail models produced in the Russian city. To win the 100 per cent suppliership, BASF Coatings edged out the tough competition in a field of other leading paint producers.


General Motors Files For Bankruptcy

General Motors filed for bankruptcy yesterday, the third-largest in US history, with White House advisers confirmings the bankruptcy would not affect GM Holden.



Ateco, the exclusive importer of Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Citroen and Fiat products for Australian and New Zealand has extended its interests to cars from China. The company’s Governing Director, Neville Crichton, announced today (18 March 2008) that a distributorship agreement for Australia and New Zealand has been signed with Chery Automobile Company.


Toyota Cutting Parts Costs to Balance Books

Media reports say that a troubled Toyota Motor Corp plans to cut auto parts procurement costs by around 30 per cent over three years to help regain profitability. According to a Japanese newspaper Toyota has asked its suppliers to cut prices of some parts by 30-40 per cent for cars that will hit the market by 2013. The Nikkei business daily also said Toyota plans to switch to less expensive materials and parts.


Chrysler Creates New “Ram” Brand

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne created a Ram truck brand in the second overhaul of the US car manufacturer now under control of Italy’s Fiat S.p.A.


Toyota Recalls Current Generation Prius

Toyota Motor Corporation Japan and Toyota Motor Corporation Australia have initiated a safety recall campaign on its current generation Prius vehicles. Current generation Prius commenced being sold in Australia in July 2009.


Commodore Omega Sedan Achieves 5Star Safety Rating

GM Holden today acknowledged ANCAP’s confirmation of a maximum five star safety rating for the upgraded VE Commodore Omega sedan, Holden’s highest selling locally produced model.