• Allan Doyle Crash Repairs winner best boutique shop SA
    Allan Doyle Crash Repairs winner best boutique shop SA
  • Andrews Smash Repairs winner best new shop NSW
    Andrews Smash Repairs winner best new shop NSW

The autobody repair industry sparkled as they came together to celebrate the outstanding efforts of the 2018 Paint & Panel Bodyshop award winners.

In record for these awards, 190 people attended at the Melbourne Arts Centre on Saturday 12 October to celebrate excellence in our industry. Comedian and broadcaster Justin Hamilton was the hilarious MC for the evening. 

As well as giving all of the state winners their trophies and showing videos of each of the winning shops (which we will load onto our YouTube channel shortly) the best practice and national winners were announced.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, firstly, for supporting the awards and secondly for bringing along their customers to the celebrations. Axalta and Compass have been the platinum sponsors for three years and have been fully behind our efforts to make the awards bigger and better each year. Both Steven Brett, Axalta’s managing director and James Frape, CEO of Compass both spoke briefly on stage. All the supporting sponsors – Glasurit, Car Craft, Motor Trades Association of Australia, Collision Repair Expo, Vantage Automotive, Capital SMART, AkzoNobel, Norton St-Gobain were up on stage to present awards also. Thank you also to all the industry suppliers who came to cheer on their customers.

After a delicious meal MC Justin Hamilton had the audience in stitches with a great stand up routine, before the national winners were announced. There will be a full report on the awards and the profiles of the winners in the November issue of the magazine. Thank you again to everyone who came, we hope you will join us again next year. You can find a full list of the state winners if you click here. Congratulations to all the winners from the Paint & Panel team.

The 2018 winners of the best practice awards are:

Axalta Sustainability Award 

Fleurieu Crash Repairs, SA pictured

Best Dealer Owned Shop Sponsored by Glasurit

Macarthur Prestige Body Shop, NSW

Best Country Repair Shop Sponsored by Motor Trades Association of Australia

Caars Accident Repair Centre, Vic

Rising Star Sponsored by Vantage Automotive 

Carly Ruggeri, Europanels, Vic

Best Customer Experience Sponsored by Collision Repair Expo

Gold Coast Collision Centre, QLD

Operational Excellence Sponsored by Car Craft Accident Repair Centres

Damage Control Accident Repair Centre WA

Innovation Award Sponsored by Norton St Gobain

IQpod mobile repair pod from Extreme Dents, Vic

Outstanding Mentor Award Sponsored by Capital SMART

Brenton Abbott from Fleurieu Crash Repairs SA

Digital Excellence Sponsored by AkzoNobel

Gino's Panel and Paint, WA

Editor's Award

Most Spectacular Autobody Shop in Australia

Spot on Panels, Vic

Best MSO Sponsored by Paint & Panel

Smash Repair Solutions

The 2018 national winners of best shop in each category are:

Best Boutique Shop Australia

West Perth Panel & Paint, WA

Best Medium Shop Australia

Geelong Smash Repairs, Vic

Best Large Shop Australia 

Wales Bus and Body Repairs, NSW

Best New Shop Australia

Willmot Smash Repair Specialists, QLD






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