IMI Skills body and paint set for Eyebox showdown

The three-day national qualifying rounds for the Institute of Motor Industry’s Body Repair and Refinishing IMI Skills competitions will be held together for the first time at Morelli Group’s Eyebox Training & Conference Centre in Coventry this week on 15-17 May.

The 8,000-sqft technical centre has five state-of-the-art spray booths and up to 16 flexible work bays, offering a unique and innovative environment for contestants to compete in. It also gives the IMI the ability to run both the Body Repair and Refinishing competitions at the same time over three days, with ample room to host employers and supporters of the event.

Andrew Moring, marketing director at Morelli, said:

“As a supplier to the professional bodyshop trade since 1957 we have seen many changes as the industry has adapted to new technology and innovation with new materials in use. The one issue that has remained constant for many years has been the lack of new staff coming into the industry.

“So when the chance arose to support WorldSkills UK in 2011 we were quick to accept the opportunity, eager to give back to our sector and support colleges, apprentices and young new talent seeking employment in our rewarding industry. Our commitment has continued to this day, and we are delighted to now be hosting the IMI’s Skills Competitions national qualifiers at Eyebox, our very own training centre.”

Richard Hutchins, Ccompetition manager for the IMI, added:

“The Eyebox Training & Conference Centre is an exciting location for our worthy qualifiers to come together in. The venue will enable them to showcase the incredible skills and talent that thrive in the automotive body repair and refinishing sectors. We look forward to welcoming both contestants and supporters and wish all those competing the best of luck.”