Thatcham to unveil ‘bodyshop of the future’

The crash repair industry will come together at Thatcham Research on 14 June, when forward thinkers, influencers and future talent will explore the ‘Bodyshop of the Future’.

Repair Focus is intended to provide the industry with the knowledge and insight to shape their own business models over the next 12-36 months and to develop wider industry strategies through a highly technical future.

Visitors will hear from vehicle manufacturers, insurers and repairers, but the focal point of the conference will be a thought-provoking panel debate featuring some of the industry’s key influencers.

Hosted at Thatcham’s fully operational research centre and academy, visitors will see first-hand the practical repair challenges presented by modern vehicles, including mixed materials, power-trains and safety technology.

With investment in modern equipment central to meeting future challenges, Repair Focus will be supported by up to 20 exhibitors, including the likes of Hella Gutmann who will be showing their vehicle sensor calibration technology, and Radical Solutions with their Spanesi Touch system demonstrating 3D vehicle mapping and diagnosis.

Repair Focus will also provide an opportunity to consider the skills that will be in demand in the future bodyshop. As well as identifying future trends Repair Focus will provide updates on some of the of the current industry challenges including the hot topic of salvage code.

Head of commercial services at Thatcham Research Matthew Wright said, ‘As ever Repair Focus will feature a high quality line up of speakers and a range of opportunities for opinions from across the industry and beyond to be heard and considered. We’re really excited to be able to facilitate what we think will be a fascinating insight into the Bodyshop of the Future.’