What is IBIS


Since its inception in 2001, IBIS – the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium – has become firmly established as the leading global conference and networking provider for collision industry leaders and influencers.

IBIS has built up an enviable reputation as a source of high-level information and market analysis; a forum for high-level debate; a melting pot of innovative approaches to industry problems and, of course, incomparable networking opportunities. World class conference content and speakers  are the driving force behind the success of IBIS conferences.

IBIS consistently delivers groundbreaking thought-leading presentations on a wide range of issues that consistently receive outstanding feedback from delegates. Whether it is a local Forum event, a larger Regional or the Global Summit itself, IBIS looks at the present and future opportunities and challenges to give all delegates a competitive edge.

Safety, Skills and Standards
IBIS advocates the need for the global collision repair industry to raise its safety, skills and standards in all sectors and markets. It supports positive change around the world and provides a framework to focus on these three pillars, which are at the core of the IBIS principles.

IBIS history
IBIS was founded in 2001 by UK bodyshop magazine owners Christopher Mann and David Young. The inaugural conference was held at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel in Wales in 2001 and hosted 120 delegates from 12 countries. Since then, IBIS events has been held at various venues around the world and delegates numbers have steadily grown. The Global Summit event now annually attracts over 350 delegates, representing every major market.

IBIS quality and influence
The focus of IBIS has always been on quality of delegate, rather than quantity. It is widely accepted that IBIS attracts the most influential cross section of key collision industry players of any industry event, providing a unique international networking platform for those taking part. IBIS continues to prove its value to insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, multi-site collision repair operators (MSOs), and associated businesses that see the IBIS Global Summit as the zenith of the industry’s year.


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