When bodywork becomes more and more technical

If there is a mission that EQUIP AUTO has given itself, it is to raise awareness among automotive aftersales professionals about the challenges of repair work in the future. In this case, bodywork is a top level concern. Focus on a profession in transformation.

It's a fact: With the proliferation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the collision-repair market will have to totally reinvent itself. Especially since this profession has experienced a sharp decline of about 25% over the last ten years mainly because of the decline in accidents (-15% between 2010 and 2016). Main bright spot on the landscape: the increase in the average cost of repairs, related to the evolution of vehicle design and the price of captive parts.

In fact, TCG Conseil estimates that by 2025, 36% of the automobile fleet will be equipped with these famous Adas, which will, in turn, lead to a 15% decrease in the accident rate, but an increase of 6% in repair costs. Worse, the number of economically irreparable vehicles will increase, by 15.5% against 13% in 2016. And this, even as the number of large collisions will decrease (from 31% to 21%). As a result, the number of bodywork entrances will fall from 4.5 million in 2016 to 3.8 million in 2025. At the same time, glass breakage is expected to increase dramatically in value terms to 1.385 billion euros (+ 26%).

Simply put, the reward will go to those who demonstrate adaptation and agility. To support them, federations and experts gather once again at EQUIP AUTO and highlight the collision-repair professions. No less than 6 conferences are given on the theme of bodywork during the show, including, for example, that of Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:05 PM having the theme "Being a bodywork technician in 2019", or that of Saturday, October 19, at 11am, which will dwell on the revolution that today drives the painting booth.

As far as professional organisation is concerned, the Fédération Française de Carrosserie (French Bodywork Federation) is once again gathering its members in its traditional village located in the heart of Pavilion 1. The village will also host the results and the award ceremony of the 4th edition of the bodywork painting contest for CFA French drivers of the ANFA network.  Indeed, the exhibitors, too, focus on performance and developments in the collision-repair market. Like the Lacour group, for example, which presents Seri, an intelligent cell for the analysis and quantification of automobile damages, winner of the Grand Prix at the show, or 3M which presents innovations such as Cubitron and Trizact, or the PPS 2.0 paint preparation system. And let's not forget the painting stakeholders networks...