The International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has announced a “first-of-its-kind” collaboration with virtual reality solutions provider Cythero, committing to an exclusive partnership to launch and showcase VR training and a recruitment solution for the automotive sector.
Cythero will attend three major IBIS events – IBIS Middle East on 8 February in Dubai, IBIS USA in Nashville on 19 to 21 April, and IBIS Global Summit 2023 on 28 to 30 June in Milan, Italy.
Attendees will have an exclusive “Only at IBIS” hands-on experience with several first-to-market VR standalone products being launched in the industry. These will include spray-painting, welding, and a VR recruitment and talent assessment application that will change how the industry recruits, grades, and performs cognitive assessment of new talent.
“IBIS has worked hard and taken steps to secure this exclusive deal with Cythero and ‘Only at IBIS’ to showcase new VR technology solutions,” said IBIS CEO Jason Moseley. “Innovation is one of the key aspects of attracting and retaining talent in our sector. This is something that’s been front and centre of the IBIS mission over the past three years. These solutions will assist our partners, members, and the industry in better understanding and adopting such technologies.
“We have listened and taken action to assist the industry with current pain points such as the skill and trainer shortage to see how the use of virtual reality can speed up the development of new technicians and attract new talent. I look forward to working with the Cythero team to help bridge the gap with this new technology via the IBIS platform.”
As the use of VR expands across many sectors, demand for these applications in training is increasing with various OEMs, training bodies, and global companies adopting new technologies to assist in early learning for skills such as spray painting, welding, and ability assessments. IBIS says it is proud to be able to offer such exclusive experiences to the industry.
“Cythero is at the forefront of immersive technologies. We provide industry-specific virtual reality solutions that are changing the way people learn, train, and engage,” said Cythero CEO Nikola Rendevski. “I am excited by the opportunity to work with IBIS exclusively in the collision and automotive repair sector to create virtual software and simulation products.”
Virtual reality offers the ability to transform any space into the desired virtual environment, and the technology is expected to play a key role in the training and skill assessment of future technicians.