Down-Under Direction: SYMACH names new general manager for Australia

Toronto, Ontario — SYMACH recently named a new general manager, Mark Cunningham, which will oversee and support the company’s activities in the region.

Cunningham has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive trade and has worked with many vehicle repairers in Australia and Ireland, leading him to collaborate with Symach in the expansion of the brand in Australia.

Cunningham began his collision repair career as a panel estimator before moving into insurance assessment fields.

“The motor industry gives lots of different options to suit various skill sets and always had a lot of appeal to me,” he said. “Once I complete my trade certificates, I established a large part of my skill set is to listening and assisting customers and teams in panel shops, wherever I have been in my career.”

In Cunningham’s opinion, the repair industry within Australia and New Zealand has the capability to lead the way worldwide. 

“We hold some of the best future tradesmen and women as proven by the World Skills Competition recently. Along with clever business owners taking a keen look towards improved processes, equipment and forward-thinking technology we are in a good spot which can also get better.”

With this recent addition, SYMACH launches its commercial structure in Australia and makes Symach’s FixLine technology and processes available to workshops across the Country. Symach’s Fixline has been designed to reduce cycle times, improve quality and increase throughput and profitability with existing floor space.

“With Mark joining Symach we expect to introduce our FixLine equipment and process to more workshops across Australia,” said Osvaldo Bergaglio, Symach’s owner and president. “This is the first step to reinforce our commitment to the Australian market in providing the solutions body shops need to grow their business profitably.”

“As the first-ever based GM for Symach in Australia, this allows me the opportunity to give the forward-thinking decision-makers the chance to be ‘The changemaker(s)’ for their business or group,” said Cunningham, making clever use of Symach’s 2020 slogan, ‘the changemaker.’ “I just enjoy our industry; everyone wants to improve. Symach’s unique processes and new 2020 technology gives Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to improve, by leading the way with Symach products and concepts.”

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