IBIS Global Summit 2017

IBIS Madrid Spain 2017The IBIS Global Summit 2017 will explore The Currency of Trust when it visits a new venue and city. The Global Summit is the largest event in the IBIS calendar, bringing together every side of the international collision repair market to build relationships, both old and new, and shape the future of the industry. Influencers know that by attending the IBIS Global Summit they are positioning themselves as leaders in their field, on an international scale, ahead of the competition.

The Meliá Castilla hotel in Madrid, Spain, will host more than 350 collision repair industry delegates representing every major territory around the world for the IBIS Global Summit on 12-14 June 2017. Madrid, the third largest city in the EU, is a new destination for returning IBIS delegates and promises to provide an elegant mix of culture and excitement.

It is also the home of one of the world’s most famous stadiums – Santiago Bernabéu – which will host the 2017 International Dinner. Guests will travel through the players’ entrance into the changing rooms before making their way through the players’ tunnel onto the pitch. The International Dinner will be served on the pitch, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is sure to be a highlight of 2017’s event.

IBIS audience

The 2017 conference will focus on the theme ‘The Currency of Trust’ in the collision repair industry, both business to business and business to consumer. In the digital connected age, open and honest collaborations are what future successes are built upon; IBIS will explore best practice from around the world looking both within the industry and externally.

Currently confirmed speakers and their sessions include:

Branding and the Customer Experience


Alex Hunter, former global Head of Online for the Virgin Group
Apprentices and the Skills Gap


Jeff McFadden, President, Service King
Private Equity and the Collision Repair Market


Laurence Vivet-Ract, CEO of Southern Europe for Innovation Group
Consolidation Panel Session Steve Grimshaw, CEO of Caliber Collision Centers; Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Auto World; Guus van Dreven, CEO of Autoschade Herstel Groep
Changing the relationship between OEMs and the industry Kris Mayer, general director, Wholesale Channel, customer care and aftersales, General Motors Corporation; Bill Lopez, general manager, Collision Division, OE Connection

Continuing recent years’ successful content at the IBIS Global Summit, 2017’s event will explore disruptive technologies and viable business models to provide delegates with the strategic tools that allow them to take control of the future. Each session will also relate to the three pillars at the centre of the IBIS principles: Safety, Skills and Standards – worldwide issues that demand further attention.

The schedule of events (subject to change):

Monday 12 June
7pm until late Welcome Party
Tuesday 13 June
9am-4pm World Class Conference
7pm until late International Dinner at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Wednesday 14 June
9am-12pm World Class Conference
12pm-2pm Delegates’ Leaving Lunch

Official IBIS partners supply and support the collision repair industry around the world. IBIS is delighted to announce continued partnership with 3M, AkzoNobel, Audatex, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fix Auto World who are all contributing to a brighter future for our industry.

Unrivalled in its networking opportunities, the IBIS Global Summit 2017 will provide opportunities for every delegate to explore collaborative avenues and develop new and existing relationships to drive their business, and by extension the industry, forward.

Delegate places are available for £1,885 and include full access to the Welcome Reception on 12 June, for informal networking in a relaxed environment; access to the full day’s conference, including lunch and breaks, on 13 June; the International Dinner, on the pitch in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on the evening of 13 June; as well as the final half day’s conference and delegates’ lunch on 14 June. The price also includes two nights’ accommodation (12 and 13 June) at the Meliá Castilla.

For more information email Nicola Keady: nicola@ibisworldwide.com or call 01296 642826.

To book your place at the IBIS Global Summit 2017, please complete this form.