Margate Panelbeaters teams up with Ross Champion in new venture

Meet the team taking Margate Auto Refinishers to the next level, (from left) Jochen Dufner, Shereen Reddy, Max de Beer, Kuven Reddy, Adrian Jansen and Shane Naidoo.

ACCIDENT repair specialists Ross Champion Group has partnered with Margate Panelbeaters to open Margate Auto Refinishers in Marburg.

The official roof-wetting took place at the state-of-the-art workshop in Marburg last week, with many friends and customers wishing them well.

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Ross Champion was established in Durban in 1939.

Kuven and Shereen Reddy acquired the company in 1997 and, within a year, grew it from a 1000 square metre workshop repairing about 50 vehicles a month to a 5000 square metre workshop in Durban.

In 2006 Ross Champion acquired Farber Coach Works (FCW) in Cape Town.

FCW has since grown and currently has three branches in the Cape Town metro area, with further expansion plans.

In 2012 Adrian Jansen, an extraordinary individual with an immense knowledge in the autobody sector, joined the group.

The company soon expanded to four branches in the Durban metro area.

Jochen Dufner of Margate Auto Refinishers hands over a cheque for R24 000 to Sister Andrea Khanyile of Assisi Mission orphanage in Oshabeni, inland of Umtentweni.

In 2016 the company decided to expand its footprint to other parts of the province.

“We identified Margate Panelbeaters as a potential partner on the South Coast, a family owned business with three decades of experience and loads of growth potential,” said Kuven.

It’s been just four months and the first phase of expansion is complete, with a further two branches planned in 2018.

“This expansion would not have been possible without the efforts of partners Max de Beer, Shane Naidoo and Jochen Dufner,” said Kuven.

Jochen shared on the history of Margate Panelbeaters, how it had opened in 1987.

He joined his father Alois in 1995, with Max getting on board in 2000.

“Through passion, hard work and customer service we have seen much growth. I believe our turnaround time is second to none. Our motto is ‘getting you back on the road’,” said Jochen.

On the night he was pleased to hand over a cheque of R24 000 to Sister Andrea Khanyile and Sister Thaddea Ntombela.

They run the Assissi Mission orphanage in Oshabeni, inland of Umtentweni.

“We are doing what we can to help improve the living conditions of underprivileged children,” he said.

Ross Champion now has 25 000 square metres and employs nearly 500 people, repairing about 1300 vehicles a month.

It is accredited by all major insurance companies and prides itself in service, quality, integrity.

Ronnie Nair, deputy mayor at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, thanked Ross Champion Group for investing in the coast, especially during a recession.

“In due time you will reap a harvest, not only from local customers, but also those in the Eastern Cape seeking quality service and facilities,” he said.

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