Aftermarket leader targets 2021 as “year of sustainable growth”, plans to accelerate franchise development across Atlantic region
HALIFAX (Nova Scotia) February 12, 2021: Fix Network, the global automotive aftermarket leader, is forging ahead with its global expansion plans, with a strong focus on developing franchises in new markets and increasing penetration in existing territories.
Despite the pandemic, Fix Network has steadily grown the footprint of its collision, glass and mechanical business which includes Fix Auto, ProColor Collision, NOVUS Glass, Speedy Auto Service and SRP. In 2020, the network added 60 new locations around the world. It also expanded the ProColor Collision brand to the United States, with three new ProColor Collision shops opening in California recently.
“Our franchise development strategy is aimed at independent body shop owners who are keen to protect their businesses from the surrounding uncertainty,” said Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Network World. “We will continue to support such passionate business owners by equipping them with the latest tools and knowledge so they can maintain a robust operation.”
According to the latest report from The Romans Group, there was a drastic decrease in miles driven during the pandemic as well as in the number of accidents and claims processed compared to 2019. However, consolidation has continued as collision repairers face lagging sales but need to invest in structural changes and training as vehicle repair complexity increases.
In fact, most of Fix Network’s growth took place in the second half of 2020, with many independent owner-operators recognizing the value of joining a network for this reason.
From boosting its regional support teams to training franchisees in the latest automotive technologies, Fix Network is leaving no stone unturned in its franchise development strategy. The network is continuously redefining the body shop experience by providing independent collision repairers the support and tools that help drive sales, manage operations, and enhance the client experience.
Calling 2021 as “the year of sustainable growth”, Leal says that the extraordinary challenges in the “post COVID normal” have made the network even more determined to push ahead with franchise development, in order to create the largest global network of independent collision repair facilities.
The aftermarket industry is changing quickly and one of Fix Network’s priorities is to ensure that its franchise partners are always supported with the most advanced automotive technology and training, along with the collaborative support structure of the network.
“As future automotive trends become a reality, we are committed to help our franchisees prepare for and benefit from what’s ahead,” he adds. “From virtual classrooms training technicians in the latest auto repair processes, to teaching office staff in customer service and marketing processes – we are doing everything to ensure that our franchisees can operate at full potential.”
In the Atlantic region, Fix Network remains committed to accelerating its franchise development for 2021. “Our growth really speaks to the successful business model we’ve developed and the commitment of our franchisees,” says Mark Weeks, Regional Vice President – Atlantic. “Through proactive engagement and increased focus on training, we have been able to quickly pivot and mobilize our resources to support our strategic partners.
ABOUT FIX NETWORK
Fix Network is a global leader in the automotive aftermarket services sector, consisting of Fix Auto, NOVUS Glass, ProColor Collision, Speedy Auto Service and SRP brands. Our locally owned and operated collision, glass and mechanical repair facilities offer hassle-free vehicle care and services. Our company and our network continue to grow nationally and globally, thanks to a solid foundation based on entrepreneurship and innovation. With over 2,000 points of service around the world, Fix Network is the premier global automotive aftermarket services solution. For more information, visit www.fixnetwork.com.
Director, Global Communications