With over 200,000 working professionals and 50,000 companies, the European auto body repair industry is not only a way to get you back on the road, but also an important source of employment across Europe. Most employers are SMEs, and the continuing innovation in vehicle technology presents them with challenges in recruiting new and upskilling existing repair technicians.
One of the biggest developments in the past 10 years is the use of adhesive bonding, alongside or in addition to welding and mechanical fastening in auto body production and repair. The increasing use of adhesives is a prime example of why new skills and training for personnel in the automotive industry is of paramount importance.
TWI led a consortium of project partners including the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF), Asociación Española de Soldadura y Tecnologías de Unión (CESOL), and Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ), for the CARBOREP Erasmus+ Project to create a standardised training programme for car body repair technicians across Europe.