IBIS Ireland 2019, which took place at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on Thursday, May 2 brought together all sides of the bodyshop industry for a high level networking opportunity and excellent conference content.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘Securing the Future’ with Marketing Director for Aftersales at Ford of Europe, Jim Azzouz opening the conference by focusing on Ford Europe’s collision programme and its overall approach to the collision aftermarket.
Ryan Davison, Business Development Manager at Audatex gave delegates an insight into how artificial intelligence could disrupt the industry and looked ‘beyond the buzzwords’.
This was followed by Steve Young from ICDP who explored the global collision repair trends and their impact on Ireland.
Midday saw Ralph Meichtry, Chief Executive of BETAG explore the company’s approach to collision repair with ‘Quality. Efficiency. Possibility.’
Mike Monaghan from Auto-Motivate gave an informative presentation into mindset development with ‘creating the superpower mentality’ within bodyshops.
After lunch, Professor Michael Cox of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) painted a picture of what the real effects of Brexit on Ireland, EU and UK relations could look like.
IBIS conference moderator, Robert Snook with Noel Maher, Darren Power, Alison Cairns and Niall Kavanagh
The penultimate presentation saw Noel Maher, IAEA and MD of ATECEA Ltd., Darren Power, Motor Claims Expert with Liberty Insurance and IAEA, Alison Cairns, Education Consultant and IAEA and Niall Kavanagh, Managing Director Insurance Solutions, Verisk take part in a panel session with IBIS conference moderator, Robert Snook to discuss ‘how Ireland can benefit from adopting best practices in salvage’.
This panel session also included live polls and questions through the IBIS Worldwide app.
The final session of what was a fascinating day saw Paul Hanna, Deputy Director of Criminal Enforcement at the CCPC talk about rouge traders and unsafe vehicles.