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Technology Collaboration Readies Workers for the Future

Sydney, 2 June 2018: Tradiebot Industries and Deakin University today launched a collaborative research project exploring the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies to develop a revolutionary new Industry 4.0 training system for the automotive collision repair and service industry.

The project will develop the industry’s first Virtual/Augmented Reality Training and Service Solution, to enable and drive new career pathways in the $7billion automotive repair industry by redefining the way information, communication and training is delivered.

The announcement was made at Skills Show Australia 2018, where Tradiebot Industries is exhibiting its transformative projects for the first time.

Training using virtual and augmented reality technologies blurs the line between the physical world and the cyber world, creating a sense of immersion and bringing complex modern-day vehicle repair catalogues alive.

The project is being developed using Deakin University’s CADET Virtual Reality Lab – the first of its kind in the world: a unique facility in which the developers can walk round, walk through, and even touch objects in the virtual world and test systems and products that are yet to be realised using virtual reality technologies.

Future apprentices and their parents attending the Skills Show will be the first to experience Tradiebot Industries’ revolutionary 4.0 automated and virtual environments in development including VR training for spray painting and AR training for auto repair.

Tradiebot Industries and Deakin University were joined at the Skills Show by automotive industry heavyweights Capital S.M.A.R.T. Repairs and PPG, on a shared platform of taking a world-leading approach to training their current and future workforces, and a passion for unlocking and accelerating promising talent in science, engineering and future technologies.

Dr Ben Horan, Director CADET VR Lab, Deakin University:

Tradiebot Industries is working with us to look at how virtual and augmented reality technologies can revolutionise the workplace and automation. Immersive Reality, which encompasses VR and AR, provides a fantastic opportunity to help overcome some of the skills training challenges in sectors such as collision repair. Virtual Reality can provide access to training environments which are either difficult to access or don’t exist, and Augmented Reality can help provide digital assistance while performing a task.

We have worked with many industry partners and applications to help translate these technologies into competitive advantage. This work builds on our world-leading expertise and research in immersive technologies, to support the communities we serve.”

Mario Dimovski, Founder, Tradiebot Industries:

“At Tradiebot Industries we are creating the technologies that will revolutionise the automotive collision repair sector.

Like many trades, our industry is facing a serious shortfall of skilled talent and an ever-widening skills gap as repair businesses struggle to keep up with the latest OEM repair methods and industry best practice. Rather than wait for our technologies to hit the shop floor and face a productivity-sucking gap while talent is trained up to use them, we are partnering with the leading employers who will be deploying these technologies, and developing state of the art training solutions now to teach the skills that will be needed.

As a technology company, we think it is important that we play a role in the creation of new career pathways as we create technologies that help our industry evolve, informed by real-time data insights. We are creating new skills and exciting new career pathways in safer environments for both the talent we already have and to entice new apprentices to the sector.

We’re collaborating with researchers to transform our industry and then partnering with industry leaders like S.M.A.R.T. and PPG to create the smarter workforce our future needs.”

David Marino, CEO, Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs:

“S.M.A.R.T continuously strives to lead the repair industry by creating innovative solutions for our business partners and customers.

We are proud to be associated with Tradiebot Industries who share the same values and we look forward to partnering with them to train and develop the next generation of automotive technicians.”

Kevin Woolerton, Business Improvement Manager, PPG:

“PPG has long-standing a reputation as an innovator so it is, perhaps, no surprise that we are always keen to welcome exciting new innovations and support their transition to market. The collision repair industry is constantly changing and, with each evolution, new technologies arrive and are embraced before going on to become part the ‘new normal’ repair process.

What might a collision repair shop look like in 10 or even 20 years’ time? PPG has global research and development resources focused on these very questions. With that same vision in mind, PPG is very pleased to partner with Tradiebot Industries in the development of breakthrough technologies that will help to transform repair processes. Their approach and energy has mobilised resources from major universities and research institutions to tackle a range of ground-breaking projects.

What is next for the collision repair industry? We think Tradiebot Industries’ technologies provide an intriguing snapshot!”

High res images available on request.

Media information:

Tradiebot Industries       Carolin Lenehan, media@tradiebot.com.au, +61 (0) 412 959 095

Deakin University           Elise Snapshall-Woodhams, e.snashallwoodhams@deakin.edu.au,

+61 (0) 436 409 659

Capital S.M.A.R.T.           Nick Harbeck, nick.harbeck@capitalsmart.com.au, +61 (0) 413 275 749

PPG                                    Rachael Siotas, siotas@ppg.com,  +61 (0) 408 543 458




TRADIEBOT INDUSTRIES is revolutionising the world’s automotive repair industry, reconfiguring future processes, creating new skill sets to accelerate the industry’s growth and building training and information environments to supply the industry’s future workforce. Tradiebot is both pioneer and fast-follower, developing technology platforms and automated systems that fast-track routine jobs, repairs, training and deliver an up-skilled workforce. Tradiebot Industries is helping to lift the bar in Australia’s automotive repair sectors, collaborating with Australia’s leading research institutions to develop new Industry 4.0 technologies, and partnering with industry and business to implement them.



DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, named after Australia’s second Prime Minister, is a young contemporary university with a reputation for being innovative, nimble and friendly. We aspire every day to combine excellent research and outstanding teaching with a strong focus on the communities we serve.

The CADET Virtual Reality (VR) Lab is a unique facility in which you can walk through virtual reality representations of products that are yet to be realised using virtual reality technologies. The VR Lab is the first of its kind in the world, and is located within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) facility located at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.



CAPITAL S.M.A.R.T REPAIRS specialise in performing high quality repairs to drivable vehicles. Through the integration of world-class systems, processes and equipment, Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs is able to return customer vehicles up to 50% faster than the industry average.

Capital S.M.A.R.T Repairs employs over 1,000 people and repairs in excess of 160,000 cars annually. With 45 sites around Australia and New Zealand and further growth planned, the future is exciting at Capital S.M.A.R.T.




As one of the world’s largest paints, coatings and specialty materials suppliers, PPG’s vast and diverse range includes protective and decorative paints, aircraft cockpit and cabin windows, sealants, adhesives, metal pre-treatment products and specialty products. For more than 135 years PPG has been dedicated to innovation and, today, customers trust us for an extraordinary range of applications, from cars, trucks and motorcycles to aircraft, ships, homes, commercial structures and everyday items, such as whitegoods and beverage containers. With a global team of approximately 46,000 employees, operating in over 70 countries, PPG also chooses to manufacture locally – there are more than 150 manufacturing sites worldwide, including Australia and New Zealand.