NCR Collision Repair Conference
Published on July 20th 2019 in

Panellists announced for the Capricorn “Futures Collide” Conference

Just under one month remains before the inaugural “Futures Collide” Collision Repair Conference takes place at the Novotel Melbourne-on-Collins on Saturday August 10.

There is still time for collision repairers from across Australia and New Zealand to register online at and take part in this custom-designed industry event that will address the real issues facing the collision repair industry from people who are experiencing these issues – fellow collision repair business owners and operators.

Leading the impressive line-up of industry speakers is leading American collision repair industry business owner and consultant, Mike Anderson. A champion of the industry on a global scale, Mike spends most of his time sharing from his own experiences by teaching cutting edge management and operational techniques, while also serving on leading industry advisory boards throughout North America.

The emphasis on our Australasian collision repair industry at this conference is paramount and to address many of the day to day issues of this highly specialised sector of the automotive repair industry, Capricorn has assembled a panel of local collision repair business owners alongside automotive repair industry heavyweights to share their learned insights at this event:

  • Andrea McCarthy – McCarthy Panel Works
  • Carly Ruggeri – Europanels
  • Mike Killen – Killen’s Smash Repairs
  • Jason Trewin – I-CAR Australia
  • Geoff Gwilym – VACC
  • Sam Street – Paint & Panel
  • Rod McDougall – QBE Insurance

According to Rob Mildenhall, Capricorn National Panel Manager, “Capricorn is fully committed to supporting the panel repair industry. We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations with the attendees at the conference, including both members and non-members, who are interested in making the collision repair sector more prosperous for all.”

“While many collision repair conference speaking topics tend to place a major amount of emphasis on technologies that may not impact repairers for some time, this conference is totally focussed on the real issues facing the Australian and New Zealand collision repair industry here and now. These are the day to day issues that are important to collision repairers now, including access to technical data, repair methods, the sourcing and sustaining of labour, procurement pressure from insurers and parts sourcing software just to mention a few,” Mildenhall added.

There is no doubt that the “Futures Collide” Collision Repair Conference will be a highly worthwhile day of learning and networking. To register and to take advantage of the negotiated discounted accommodation rates, Capricorn Members visit, while non-Members can register at

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