New technology in the bodyshop sector looks poised to make costly courtesy cars a thing of the past and ultimately reduce insurance premiums thanks to a revolutionary repair process that dramatically increases vehicle throughput using less space, time and energy.

Leading bodyshop distribution network ACIS has secured the exclusive UK rights to Bodyshop Revolution, a game-changing continuous workflow technology where the vehicle being repaired moves a minimum of times and key-to-key times are halved at the same time as achieving up to 60 per cent more throughput.

An early adopter of the technology, Cougar Accident Repairs in Luton has seen a significant increase in productivity on vehicles, using the same number of technicians – despite halving the size of the bodyshop and the number of spray booths. Consequently it is now putting almost 40 per cent more vehicles through the workshop per week.

This is good news for the bodyshop in terms of its efficiency, profitability and reduced carbon footprint, but it is better news for the drivers who get their vehicles back in half the time with the potential for falling insurance premiums as a result of wide spread adoption.

On top of the fact that the car is cheaper to repair and drivers no longer have to rely on expensive courtesy vehicles for longer periods, insurance companies would also be able to rely on greater volumes of work carried out more efficiently. It also costs the insurance industry circa £50 per day to have a claim ‘open’ so a faster turnaround of vehicle repairs will dramatically diminish this expense.

 How does it work?   

Bodyshop Revolution is a unique method of repairing vehicles which has been proven to produce outstanding results in repair markets worldwide. It creates a new culture of efficiency by completely redesigning the layout of the bodyshop to ensure that the vehicle is moved no more than three times.

It not only changes the physical layout of the premises using a proven blueprint, but positively alters the behaviour of staff and the interaction with customers and suppliers.

It achieves this by only having vehicles in the bodyshop that are being worked on as part of its “continuous workflow” approach that also instils a more co-operative work ethic and an ergonomic and uncluttered efficiency.

Supporting this unique process is a range of robotic gas catalytic drying systems that can dry primers and fillers in seconds while topcoats are touch dry in under one minute.

Jon Parker, Bodyshop Revolution founder and CEO, said “Over the last few years Bodyshop Revolution has really taken off around the world, so we started looking for a partner to represent us in our critical home market. In ACIS, we’ve found that UK partner that has shares the same industry approach and understands and responds to the macro and micro economic trends in the sector.

CEO of ACIS Graham O’Neill said: “We have had our own Priority Repair Program in place for a number of years which changes the culture of the bodyshop to greatly reduce key-to-key times, but Bodyshop Revolution takes the process and technology to the next level. It is really going to have a dramatically positive impact on the sector as more vehicles can be repaired in less time and investors in the process will see dramatic returns on their profitability.

“The drive towards ‘more for less’ greater efficiencies and reduced cycle times will drive costs downwards so that consumers will ultimately benefit when it comes to renewing their insurance premiums,” he added.