This new entry among the Symach staff is part of a larger plan to open a Symach UK subsidiary within next year. The new UK office will reinforce commercial structure in the UK to give effective on-site support to its customers and provide timely responses to their needs.
Prior to joining Symach, Healer worked at Nitrotherm Spray as national sales manager, UK. In that role, Healer was involved in the coatings industry and built relationships with those in automotive manufacturing, tier 1 suppliers and the refinish sector.
“With Stephen’s extensive experience in the coatings industry, he will be instrumental in helping Symach showcase its complete body shop solution,” said Osvaldo Bergaglio, Symach’s CEO. “He will work closely with body shops across the UK to demonstrate how they can shift from using the conventional repair process to Symach’s unique FixLine process, which drastically reduces the cost of repairs.”
In a constantly developing UK market, Stephen said it’s important for shops to invest in innovative technologies, which will help their businesses achieve new growth targets.
“Over the last decade, the accident repair industry in the UK has declined by around 20 percent to just over 3,000 body shops, leading to a shortage in repair capacity,” said Healer. “We also see a shortage in skilled staff, specifically painters, contributing to increased staffing costs.”
Healer said the Symach process was developed for shops with the vision and drive to achieve continual growth in a changing market. He foresees dealership body shops; independent repair groups and insurer shops continue to expand.
“I look forward to building new relationships with these groups and demonstrating how Symach equipment and technology is perfectly aligned to help them be successful now and, in the future,” said Healer.