VEHICLE crash repair specialist, Artis Accident Care (Artis), has announced the opening of its revolutionary bodyshop in Thurrock, following a £450,000 investment in the centre’s technology, creating nearly 20 specialist jobs in the local area.
Artis’ brand new vehicle repair bodyshop is driving the accident management sector forward through innovative environmental initiatives and unrivalled customer satisfaction levels. The investment in state-of-the-art technology has enabled Artis to become the first bodyshop to offer such technologies, enabling a seamless approach for both Artis’ insurer customers and their customers.
Artis is also the first UK bodyshop to implement PlanManager, the new bodyshop management solution from Audatex, the leading provider of technology solutions to the automotive industry. Its cloud-based platform enables Artis’ technicians to be increasingly efficient in repairing vehicles through an increased, paperless workflow.
By digitising the entire crash repair process for customers, staff and insurance partners, Artis is able to reduce key-to-key times, ultimately increasing satisfaction for local customers. In addition, the implementation of this state-of-the-art technology is enabling Artis to streamline and reduce damage repair costs, which can in-turn lower insurance premiums for customers.
The first in a number of planned bodyshops based around the M25, including an identical site in Croydon, Artis’ Thurrock bodyshop is focused on tackling the environmental issues commonly associated with the crash repair sector, reducing waste and recycling at every opportunity.
Jamie Smithyes, Managing Director at Artis Accident Care commented on the launch: “Technology and the environment have been at the heart of our development in the new bodyshop, and we are delighted to be leading the industry with these values at the forefront.”
David Shepherd, Regional Managing Director at Audatex UK and Africa, added: “We are thrilled that Artis is the first bodyshop to use Audatex’s new end-to-end bodyshop management solution. PlanManager connects people, simplifies planning and streamlines workflow across sites, customers and suppliers. As the industry leader, Audatex has supplied Artis with a quick installation and a comprehensive training program, enabling a seamless transition and instant benefits.”
Jamie continues: “We are dedicated to prioritising the development of talent in the Thurrock area through an apprenticeship programme, enabling individuals to get a head start in the automotive industry. Not only will the recent employment of several skilled local employees help to strengthen the service for the Thurrock community, but our new employees will also benefit from its state-of-the-art technology. This helps to streamline jobs and offer our customers and insurers a comprehensive, end-to-end service from the minute they come through our doors.”
The new bodyshop will open its doors today to key press and individuals in the automotive industry. Attendees will receive a welcome presentation and full tour of the customer-friendly layout and new technology on offer.