Bodyshop management system firm InSyPro has been acquired by Solera, in the latest deal to expand the supplier of automotive risk and asset management data and software.
It comes three years after Solera bought aftersales specialist AutoData, six years since it bought CAP, and 12 years after its takeover of HPI signalled the US-based firm's intent to expand into all aspects of automotive data and software. It had already bought Audatex, the repair methods system developer, in 2006.
Solera said this transaction with InSyPro follows a three-year strategic partnership that has seen the creation of a truly integrated end-to-end bodyshop management solution, providing real-time visibility into operations, anytime, anywhere on any device.
"The acquisition will strengthen the continued development of the Solera ecosystem that supports the automotive industry at every touchpoint across the claims process with intelligent data automation," it added.
Solera will invest "significant resources" to globally scale and accelerate the product enhancement roadmap of InSyPro’s existing end-to-end bodyshop management solution, known as PlanManager, which it said provides a digital-first management and triage solution, using apps and integrated two-way customer communications, and ultimately increases technician utilisation by 10% and reduces administrative time by 60 minutes per claim.
Evan Davies, Solera's chief technology officer, said “Solera delivers efficiency gains through intelligent, integrated solutions that provide a superior customer experience. PlanManager delivers this by providing users the tools and intelligent data needed to run an efficient workshop, enabling real-time tracking of all bodyshop management tasks and vehicle repairs. We welcome InSyPro into the Solera family and look forward to continuing to build on our partnership and global solutions portfolio.”
The leadership of InSyPro, Tony Delodder and Martine van Campenhout, will join the Solera team as part of the global product and delivery organisation to support the integration and international roll-out of PlanManager.
Tony Delodder, Managing Director of InSyPro, said: “It felt a natural evolution to join our closest technology partner. As part of Solera, we plan to invest and rapidly scale our new software to deliver competitive advantage across the claims eco-system.”
Dave Shepherd, regional managing director of Solera, said: “Repairers now, more than ever, need innovative, intelligent, technology to run tomorrow’s bodyshop.
"The combined expertise of the InSyPro and Solera teams will enhance the PlanManager platform to build integrated solutions which continue to grow and develop with the changing needs of vehicle repair complexity, heightened customer expectations and work provision requirements.”