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Symposium23 – hear from industry leaders from three continents!

“I love it when a plan comes together.”

Symposium23 is now well and truly locked and loaded as we bring you keynote addresses from both local and international industry leaders.

Last month we announced that ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg will deliver the opening keynote address and set the scene for the day. Carla will outline the role and key activities of ANCAP, the specific challenges of the electrification of the car parc, and also update us on the latest mobility trends.

We are also thrilled to announce that Carl Bizon, AMA Group CEO and director of the Australian Collision Industry Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to develop and maintain a sustainable talent pipeline for the collision repair industry. Bizon will present an overview of this initiative and, in conjunction with fellow directors Stuart Faid and Rob Bartlett, will champion the cause on behalf of the entire industry and give delegates a real feel for what’s on the horizon.

Now, as we bring an international flavour to the event, we welcome US collision industry icon Frank Terlep, who will deliver a presentation on ADAS services, calibrations and validation – profitability and growth through specialisation. Frank recently sold his company, Auto Techcelerators, to OPUS IVS and is now the vice president of collision and ADAS services. With 90% of all vehicles for sale in Australia having some type of ADAS technology, delegates will be presented with the opportunities, challenges and operational requirements to open and operate a successful and profitable ADAS service and calibration business or division. In 2022, Frank was inducted into the Collision Industry’s Hall of Eagles for his contribution above and beyond the “call of duty”.

To round out the “internationalisation” of the event, we can also announce that Europe-based Uta Holzenkamp, president of BASF’s Coatings division, will deliver a presentation on global change in the automotive industry and the flow-on effects to the collision repair sector. Uta joined BASF in 1997 and, following a stellar career, was appointed to her current position in January 2022. She leads approximately 11,000 employees across more than 70 sites. Uta studied organic chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany, the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Ohio State University, US, then went on to receive PhD in 1996 from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.

However, the formal presentations are only part of Symposium23. We are also compiling a who’s who of the collision industry from around the country to join us on our highly interactive panel discussion. We can now announce that we will cover the following key topics:

  • The impact of technology
  • The influence of the OEMs
  • Addressing the talent gap
  • Adapting to our changing industry landscape.

We encourage you to join us and engage with some of the industry’s Entrepreneurial Women in Automotive, Movers and Shakers and, of course, Future Leaders of the Industry, all of whom are well placed to discuss how to best navigate the current issues we are all facing in today’s collision industry.

Both our Platinum and Gold Sponsors will display a wide array of new information, products and concepts, as well as have technical and business experts on hand to answer all your questions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your own views and connect with our sponsors, keynote speakers, panellists and peers throughout the day. Remember – this will be our only collision industry event in Sydney this year, and as we always say, the future is created by those who turn up.

For more information, contact Joe McFadries on Tel: 0458 588 333, or to register, visit

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