Ross Champion have recently moved their operation to a new site based in Flanders Road, Umhlanga, Durban. The all-new body shop features some state-of-the-art workflow designs to minimise vehicle movements in the process of repairs. With nine national full collision repair centres in the group operations the company which was started way back in 1939 is gearing up to world standards of body repair as vehicles become ever more complex to fix.
They have full approval from all major motor manufacturers for major structural repairs and are also fully supported by the large insurance companies. The Ross Champion group now employ in excess of 600 skilled people across 12 branches nationally, and the operation is owned by female business interests. They also have a full Merseta training centre to assist staff development with a regular intake of apprentices, both male and female to join the ranks to become the best-of-the-best in body repair.
To keep pace with the company philosophy of eco-friendly operations their refinish system of choice is the full water-based PPG Envirobase® HP user friendly paint system. Envirobase High Performance waterborne basecoat is a fast, easy-to-use waterborne basecoat that provides a perfect colour match every time.
The newly installed Italian FAM SRI combination downdraft spraybooths are contributing to a 30% reduction in overall energy costs as well as boosting production output with a faster production output capability.
Sherina Vinden, general manager of the Umghlanga branch, says the booths deliver a full four metre working oven and can comfortably include the hang-on and plastic parts that need to be sprayed at the same time. This is coupled to a full new ring fast delivery compressor package which powers another spray booth and two other preparation areas which are used in express primer repairs and small area repair. Major body damage is handled with Celette jigs to ensure all repairs are carried out to original manufacturers dimensions as a peace of mind added repair value.
The company offer a raft of service add-on activities such as vehicle diagnostics, auto valet, mag wheel repairs, wheel alignment, towing and recovery. Automotive air conditioning services as well as a comprehensive dent and scratch removal package are available in this new 4 000 square metre centre in Umhlanga.
Story and pics by Ian Groat