Opisto puts online car scrapers in motion

Posted on November 2, 2022, 11:46 am

A Toulouse-based software publisher helps end-of-life vehicle (ELV) centers bring spare parts in the digital age. Realizing the difficulty of finding used parts in car bodywork, Laurent Assis-Arantes and Johan Branca created their company, Opisto, in 2010, which publishes the software that digitizes all the activity of the centers. Called “Opisto 360”, it manages administrative and regulatory relations with insurance companies and experts, registers parts with a barcode indicating their origin, performs billing and inventory management.

No less than 500 VHU centers, among the 1,600 that exist in France, have been equipped with it, paying a monthly subscription. They computerize 10 million parts a year dismantling 600,000 vehicles. “We have become the number one European publisher of ELV center software,” boasts Johan Branca, Managing Director of Opisto. “We’ve had more success because we’ve really gotten the software right e-commerce. There were almost no online used car parts sales before the release of our software that manages flows and payments,” he explains.

Several versions

At the same time, the publisher has created a site for the sale of used car parts on the Internet, available successively in three versions: for individuals (opisto.fr), repairers (opisto.pro) and internationally (opisto.fr). com). The opisto.pro site is also sold as a white label for repair kits automobile, like After Christand to insurers. Each spare part is presented on the web platform with its photo, warranty duration and delivery time.

ELV centers sell the parts themselves on the website and pay a 7% commission to Opisto. Up 30% per year, sales on the platform reached 31 million euros in 2021. And they are expected to increase to 45 million in 2022.

However, aftermarket parts made up just 3.3% of aftermarket parts sold in the first quarter of this year, according to the Auto Safety and Repair Insurers Association. “There is considerable potential to develop and we expect to double the market within five years,” adds Johan Branca. To facilitate use, Opisto has created a mobile application of its software for storekeepers. At the end of the year, it will add a feature for automotive experts and open the online sales platform for motorcycle wreckers in 2023.

The publisher is finally planning to establish itself in Europe and is starting to look into Spain and Italy. It increased turnover by a third in 2021, to 4.2 million euros, and expects 5.1 million in 2022. Opisto employs 43 people, twice as many as three years ago.

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