Fifth IBIS ME opens in Dubai

The fifth IBIS ME 2018 got underway at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre this morning, with IBIS CEO Jason Moseley extolling the virtues of safety, skills and standards within the automotive aftermarket.

Supported by lead partners AkzoNobel and Audatex, and partners 3M AutoMillennium Group, Spanesi and Symach, IBIS ME 2018’s theme is ‘A shared vision; developing partnerships through collaboration’. It aims to bring the industry together to share knowledge and learning.

Speaking to more than 140 industry leaders from across the region, Jason said, ‘Our goal is bringing local stakeholders together to be a catalyst for change, to make the market a stronger and better place for everyone.’

He continued, ‘2017 has been a period of change and challenge. Car sales have reduced by 38%, and as a result we’ve seen a general reduction of work of about 26%.

‘We’ve also seen vehicles becoming more reliable, so a greater focus on collision repair, and an average increase of 15% in motor premiums. So it’s a real melting pot.’

Jason concluded by saying that the UAE is a progressive market, rated in the top 10 globally for developing autonomous vehicles, and that the future in the region, while evolving at a rapid pace, remains a land of opportunity.