January 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter
Belron Canada has announced the acquisition of Speedy Collision, a network of 24 franchise collision centres located across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Like other retail businesses, the automotive aftermarket service industry is changing as customers are more and more influenced by improvements in other industries, Belron Canada said in a press release late last year, pointing to new technology, mobility, expectations of ease of service, new generations of drivers, increased complexity of vehicles, lower prices, personalized approaches and speed of service. “Remaining in tune with consumer needs is key for both companies,” the release said.
“This acquisition will allow our business partners to gain efficiency in having one point of contact for both their glass and collision repair needs,” said Ralph Hosker, president of Belron Canada. “This will facilitate a better understanding of their changing business needs, their claims challenges and how we can keep improving our service offering together. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues in the Belron family.”
Terry Allen, chief executive officer of Speedy Collision, added that “both companies share the same relentless focus on surpassing customer expectations by providing best-in-class service, superior-quality products, and remaining one step ahead by ensuring the highest level of training is achieved and that new technologies are deployed. The culture was a direct match and will be enhanced by joining forces,” Allen said.
Belron Canada is the Canadian division of Belron International, a company that offers unique knowledge, strict safety standards, personalized service, avant-garde technologies and a complete training program in automotive glass repair and replacement. Belron Canada has a network of more than 350 service centres, 40 distribution/warehouse centres and over 1,600 employees in 10 provinces. Its Canada-wide presence includes the Speedy Glass, Lebeau Vitres d’auto, DURO, Apple Auto Glass and Broco Auto Glass banners.
Speedy Collision was founded in 2008 and specializes in full collision repairs. The company’s growth is a result of its commitment to family-friendly service, quality repairs and state-of-the-art technology, the release said.