Fix Network World celebrated bringing the Fix Auto brand to Mexico at the Hacienda de los Morales gala event in Mexico City. The event took place on 24 October and marked the entrance of the global Fix Auto brand to the Mexican collision repair market.
Fix Network World said the Fix Auto franchise model provides repairers with the ability to run a successful business while uniting them with quality brand standards, superb customer service and the predictable consistency of repairs which is highly sought after by both insurance partners and customers. Fix Network World added that it has secured many partnerships with leading industry suppliers, giving their franchisees a genuine competitive advantage.
“We are delighted to bring our brand and concept to Mexico,” said Steve Leal, CEO of Fix Network World. “We have great partners here who understand the local market and already enjoy strong relationships with many work providers and collision repairers. I am excited to see Fix Auto drive forward in Mexico.”
“By bringing Fix Auto to Mexico we are revolutionising the Mexican collision repair industry,” said Manfred Brandes, CEO of Fix Auto Mexico. “The Fix Auto franchise model provides a win-win solution for repairers, work providers and customers. The core values of Fix Auto allow for repairers to own and operate locally while giving them the opportunity to thrive with support more traditionally associated with a corporate model. The future is Fix.”
Fix Network World has added SATA as one of its official global supply partners. Fix Network says it hopes to continue expanding its operations worldwide in order to build stronger partnerships with industry-leading suppliers.
SATA says it will supply Fix Network with a mix of its systems aimed at delivering industry-leading performance.
“Fix Network is working hard to deliver a quality supply chain offering to its members,” said Steve Leal, President & CEO of Fix Network World. “This global agreement with SATA is reflective of our ongoing objective to provide best in class, safe solutions to our locations so they can provide an elite experience for their customers.”
“SATA is committed to supporting the fundamentally changing collision industry with state-of-the-art paint application solutions, thus contributing to professional and safe repairs,” said Albrecht Kruse, CEO of SATA. “Our cooperation with the global Fix Network goes hand in hand with our mission to assist the industry in best adapting to the ever-increasing complexities of modern repair processes.”
SATA will become the fourth aftermarket specialist to join Fix Network’s supply chain partnerships, which currently include 3M, AkzoNobel and Mirka.
Fix Network World has announced the launch of Fix Auto Masters, an all-new technical skills and knowledge competition programme aimed at “celebrating the skills of technicians” from across the global Fix Auto network. The first region to take part in the Fix Auto Masters programme is Fix Auto UK.
Fix Network World Operations Manager Nick Spiers says he believes a platform such as Fix Auto Masters is an important step in showcasing the talent of front-line technicians, while helping create a closer global community within the Fix Auto network.
“At Fix Network World, our people are the key to our success, and celebrating skills and performance is something we are most passionate about,” said Spiers. “Many of our technicians around the world have been instrumental in our growth and continue to have an important impact on our consistent performance. This is our way of recognising them and bringing together the best of the best.”
The programme is also supported by Thatcham Research in collaboration with 3M and AkzoNobel. Fix Network World says it is designed to measure performance in one of three categories: M.E.T., body repair and paint. Qualifying applicants will first undergo a written exam and those with the highest scores will move on to a practical assessment. The top performer in each category will be presented an award by Fix Network World at Fix Auto UK’s upcoming national conference, while automatically qualifying for the future global Fix Auto World Masters competition.
“It’s a great pleasure to support the Fix Auto Masters programme,” said Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services at Thatcham Research. “We are delighted to be developing the tests and assessments to recognise the skills and dedication of body shop technicians.”
The programme is being rolled out nationally by Fix Auto UK, making the group the first region to launch a national search for top talent in its network.
“The Fix Auto Masters programme will provide us with the opportunity to show our colleagues from overseas who make up the global Fix Auto family just how skilled we are here in the UK,” said Fix Auto UK’s Ian Pugh.
More Fix Auto Masters regional launches will be announced in 2019. For more information on the Fix Auto Masters programme, visit fixauto.com.