Increasing demand for quality vehicle repairs done quickly has led to Calibre Collision expanding north to Warkworth to set up its second branch.
Owner and director Shanan Fuller is already well established in Orewa, but says the growth in North Rodney and demand from insurers makes Warkworth the logical spot for a new hi-tech, high speed repair and paint shop. Using the latest computer-controlled, robotic spray paint technology, the Calibre Collision team has transformed its Glenmore Drive premises into a state-of-the-art facility.
“This will be the most advanced shop in the upper North Island, from Albany right up to Cape Reinga,” Shanan says. “We have robotic drying arms in the spray booth, which is the newest in the market in NZ. The drive-through spray bays have been designed by an aeronautical engineer, so there are a lot of bells and whistles, and we have a 3-D chassis measuring machine.”
He says that with the robotics, Calibre Collision could put up to 60 cars a week through its spray bays and clients can expect much faster repairs than normal.
“People are not going to have to wait up to three months to have their car repaired, and we’re hoping in some cases we can do ‘same-day’ turnaround. And it will be done to a very high standard, using some of the best paint products and systems on the market, with a lifetime limited warranty.”
Shanan has been in the paint and panel industry since leaving school 25 years ago and has worked all over the world, including the UK, Germany, France and Australia.
“I did an OE in 2008 and came home in 2014. I ended up working for Mercedes Benz in London and was transferred around Europe to different countries and I brought all the knowledge I picked up back home with me.”