Panel and Paint Industry Update June 2021

Panel June 2021

As Winter sweeps over us in Australia, we are learning to live and manage the various spanners COVID-19 likes to hand us. However despite the curve balls, we have been happily hearing from our panel Members that business activity has returned strongly, in some cases in greater abundance than pre-COVID.

It is on the back of such great news that we look forward to hearing from Mike Anderson as part of Symposium2021. This years event, titled Panorama, hosted by the National Collision Repairer looks forward to welcoming panel and collision repairer Members to the Park Royal Monash, Melbourne on 15th July.

Mike Anderson demonstrated his fantastic skills as a keynote speaker in 2019, imparting his wisdom and experience from his time with Collision Advice.

Collision Advice is a leading industry research, consulting and reference organisation from the United States.

Capricorn has assisted both the National Collision Repairer and Collision Advice to team up with keynote speaker Mike Anderson who will present remotely from the US.

This is a highly anticipated event, so we encourage Members to register early and take advantage of the collective experience and knowledge of the presenters and attendees.

Registrations are now open, with early bird offers available. More information can be found here

Additional Panel Staff

Capricorn is happy to announce the appointment of dedicated Panel Area Managers in WA and QLD.

In WA, Sue Walker joins the Panel team after building extensive experience in both Capricorn’s Risk and Automotive divisions.

More recently in QLD, Gavin Armstrong has joined Capricorn after building an extensive career in the panel industry. From starting in his family business, Tingalpa Motor Body Works, working in the paint and refinish sector and becoming a platinum I-CAR instructor, we are excited to have Gavin’s experience join the team.

In a recent interview with the National Collision Repairer, Brad Gannon, Chief Executive Officer Automotive reconfirmed Capricorn’s commitment to the panel and collision repair sector.

Rob Mildenhall continues to support panel Members in New South Wales, providing specialised support to panel Members and Preferred Suppliers across NSW, QLD and WA.


ADAS is a topic that continues to dominate conversation, especially given the complexity of the current motor vehicles.

Described as ‘sensory organs in vehicles,’ these systems are only expected to grow in complexity in the future.

To find out more about these systems, a dedicated article can be accessed by clicking here [insert link].

In Other News

Repairer Driven News (from our partners at SCRS) have provided some advice on repairs to Ford bumpers. You can read more by clicking here

Or you can also visit Ford directly here

For the truck or commercial vehicle repairers, Hino Australia have confirmed their move to new parts distribution centre. Find out more here

From the Panel team, we look forward to seeing you on the road soon.

This article was published 27/05/2021 and the content is current as at the date of publication.