Some of the world’s most highly regarded industry speakers are heading to Australia this July to appear at the inaugural BodyShop News International Collision Congress (BICC). Supported by IBIS Worldwide, it will be held at Sydney’s prestigious Four Seasons Hotel on 25 and 26 July.
Dave Luehr (USA) and Robert Snook (UK) headline the event, with other highly successful speakers to be announced over the coming months, while the collision industry’s prominent suppliers have already agreed to partner with the Congress, with ACM Parts becoming Diamond Sponsor.
“We are thrilled to be the Diamond Sponsor for the BodyShop News International Collision Congress,” said Adam O’Sullivan, head of ACM Parts. “We are very passionate about supporting the collision repair industry throughout Australia, outside the role we play within the supply chain providing our customers choice with respect to genuine, reclaimed and aftermarket parts and workshop consumables.
“Conferences such as this provide an invaluable opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking. Post COVID, these events are even more relevant given the challenges being faced across our industry, like the skilled labour shortage, inflationary pressures, parts availability, and rapidly changing technology.”
Industry stalwarts Celette and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes have also agreed to partnerships at the Platinum Sponsor level.
Supported by some of the global industry’s biggest suppliers, the BICC will commence with an exclusive black-tie welcome dinner hosted by Australian driving champion Cameron McConville. In addition to being Master Of Ceremonies, McConville will share his experience driving for some of the country’s most famous racing teams including Dick Johnson Racing, Holden Racing Team and Garry Rogers Motorsport. He will also share the secret to developing a winning mindset, excelling under pressure, and overcoming adversity, all of which can be applied to business management.
The dinner will be followed by a full day of lively and insightful presentations, where Luehr, Snook, and other industry experts will share their wealth of knowledge, helping you to navigate the challenging road ahead. Attendees will hear real-world solutions to the issues facing repairers today and learn of practical, easily implemented solutions that create profitable businesses now and into the future.
The event will be capped by an evening cocktail party, where attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers, business experts, and international and national suppliers.
The BICC follows on from BodyShop News’ hugely successful webinar programme, which helped the industry deal with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be supported by IBIS Worldwide.
“We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with BodyShop News International,” said Jason Moseley, CEO of IBIS. “Strategic alliances are a fundamental part of our IBIS plan to grow our platform around the globe.
“The 2023 BodyShop News International Collision Congress is a perfect step towards moving the IBIS story into the Australian collision market. This joint project will bring a force multiplier of valuable networking, knowledge sharing and learning for the leading influencers in the sector.”
Stay tuned to the BodyShop News Australia magazine and website for more information on how to join the Congress and learn more about the sessions and presenters.