Manny Henriques the owner of Alberante Autospray is no stranger to the collision repair trade. In terms of sheer survival Manny has done the whole nine yards to keep his lifetime dream alive of running the auto body shop operation. The latest move to a new location has seen another massive amount of investment to keep the company on an industry-leading path forwards.
Manny came from Portugal in the eighties but only worked for another body shop for a couple of years before striking it out on his own. In order to keep pace with both quality and production demands as well as other challenges, the all-new shop has now moved to Barney Street in Benrose. It features new car production routing plus a 48-hour express repair centre for driveable and small area body repair.
The production hall has a number of Car-O-Liner bench racks. It is equipped with the latest three-dimensional 3D measuring for correct realignment as well. “We’re now able to process over 300 cars per working month,” says Henriques, “and with eight qualified panelbeaters plus three full time apprentices the shop is humming along nicely. The shop also boasts the newest type of aluminium bay which is approved for both Audi and VW for body repairs.”
The company has expanded to over 70 employees and they have also installed the Aer-o-wave and prep system from Aer-o-cure for top class body preparation results. These fast cycle areas are coupled to the current waterborne refinish system supplied by Global Auto Coatings from Benoni. “We were one of the first body shops to convert to Envirobase refinish and this helped us to increase our key to key time on units repaired for our regular clients.” It’s been a full 20 years of progress for Manny and his ability to work close to a 20-hour day in all that time seems by now to be well rewarded.
Alberante Autospray give a full workmanship guarantee on work completed and have teamed up with all the major insurance houses. This peace of mind approach has seen the company develop no less than 13 approved panel shop repair certificates. Looking at the wall containing the approvals, clients can quickly gauge how professional they are at car repairs. There is a row of finished customer cars all lined up for anyone to see, that await their collection from satisfied owners.
With the new shop already producing great repairs, Manny is pleased at just how fast the production ramp-up phase has been achieved. The company have installed a new update progress report system to fast track all work in progress to enable the ‘off the road’ customer to keep up with exactly where their damaged vehicle is in the repair cycle.
There is a big team effort at all times at Alberante Autospray and should guarantee good results for the company in the decades to come.
“This is what you can achieve in todays ultra competitive repair market, if you continue to invest in the latest equipment and train your staff into the new technologies that lie ahead,” says Manny, who continues to manage just about everything in a very personal way to keep these results coming at Alberante Autospray. The end result speaks for itself.