The 2020 AutoMatrix Industry conference was held on board the MSC Orchestra from 07-10 February 2020. Over 340 delegates attended the event, including Body Shop Owners, Representatives from NAAMSA, SAIA, RMI, Various OEM’s, Insurers, Paint and Equipment suppliers and other service providers.

The conference format included keynote addresses from Themba Palagangwe (SAIA: , Mike Mabasa and Jakkie Olivier as well as interactive sessions during which delegates were able to engage with various guest speakers, resulting in the creation of a platform for networking, collaboration and progress. This format proved to be a huge success and, following numerous requests, will be repeated on a more regular basis. The main topics discussed included the future state of the industry, the impact of electric cars, transformation issues, Insurer procurement policies, write-offs, training, Body Shop optimisation, paint systems, profitability and others.

Delegates were also treated to quality entertainment with this year’s line up including world renowned mentalist, Larry Soffer, and SA music stars, Kurt Darren, Refentse and the Campbells. On-board entertainment included Krone concerts, a day excursion to Portuguese Island, and a variety of fun activities. The conference also saw the launch of ‘Blue-Saturday’ during which paint and equipment suppliers offered delegates special deals valid only for the duration of the cruise.

Thank you to everyone that attended. Your participation helped in making this a hugely successful event. We look forward to hosting you at the next one.

Here are some of the highlights, as well as copies of all presentations.

PRESENTATIONS: Click on the links below to download
SAIA (Transformation)
RMI (The Atlantis Factor)
NAAMSA (Automotive Industry Overview)

Honda South Africa
Suzuki Auto South Africa
Marouns Group
Isuzu South Africa