Our History

  • 1965

     

    1965

    At the tender age of 17, Don Iacobucci boarded a boat from Italy destined for Melbourne. He had a passion for cars, and before he could speak English properly, he started working as a Panel Beater at a small shop in Fitzroy

  • 1984

    1984

    DSI Panels was born. Don and his wife Silvana first opened at Lexton Road, Box Hill North and employed 14 people – 6 of them being apprentices

     

    1984

  • 1994

     

    1994

    DSI relocated to Bayswater. Barry Wilson from Dent Masters worked along side Don, sharing the factory space and referring work to each other

  • 1998

    1998

    Barry Wilson came across a factory for rent in Blackburn and suggested the move to Don, which is where DSI still remains today. 10 Terracotta Drive was the turning point for DSI, and our presence in the area has remained strong

     

    1998

  • 1999

     

    1999

    David, Don & Silvana’s only son, officially started his Panel Beating apprenticeship

  • 2000

    2000

    Don & Silvana purchased the factory in Blackburn

     

    2000

  • 2006

     

    2006

    David became a part owner in DSI, buying 50% of the business and factory from his parents

  • 2010

    2010

    Shortly after marrying David, Clarissa joined the DSI ‘family’ bringing the employee total to 6

     

    2010

  • 2014

     

    2014

    David & Clarissa purchased the other 50% share of the business and factory, with a dream of taking the strong foundation that Don & Silvana had created over the years to the next level

  • 2018

    EARLY 2018

    A factory in Croydon South was purchased, and so began the long hours!  David & Clarissa worked tirelessly to build our state-of-the-art workshop from scratch

     

    2018

  • 2018

     

    MID 2018

    DSI had 14 employees, almost half being family

  • 2018

    LATE 2018

    DSI was averaging 150 repairs per month for most insurance companies and various fleets & dealerships

     

    2018

  • 2019

     

    2019

    Our purpose built second facility in Croydon South was officially launched in February 2019, trading as DSI Panels Croydon.  We are the first conventional panel shop in Victoria to have installed a Gas Fire Infrared Arch within a Spray Booth.  The DSI workforce family grew from 14 employees, to over 30

  • 2019

    MAY 2019

    DSI achieved the highest-level Green Stamp Environmental Accreditation for our Eco-Friendly practices and systems

     

    2019

  • 2019

     

    JUNE 2019

    DSI was awarded a Certificate in Excellence of Health, Safety & Wellbeing by Pro-Visual Publishing Pty Ltd

  • 2019

    JULY 2019

    DSI earned a Gold Class Facility Accreditation through our industry-based training provider, I-Car Australia

     

    2019

  • 2019

     

    OCTOBER 2019

    DSI Panels was crowned ‘Best New Shop Victoria’ in the 2019 Paint & Panel Bodyshop Awards.