By Theodore Opara
First System Refinishes Limited, sole distributor of Sikkens brand of paint in the country has introduced workshop series for local automobile painters aimed at providing requisite skills to achieve the best results in automobile painting.
The Managing Director, First Solution Refinishes, Mr. Gowon Onuh while declaring open the workshop recently said the exercise became necessary to ensure that customers not only get the best from Sikkens paint but also get value for their money.
He said that investigation by First Solution Refinishes revealed that many local auto painters in the country do not have the requisite skills leading to poor finishing of jobs.
According to him, even though the best paint brand is available in the country, lack of the required technical know-how by these people have had bad effects on Sikkens paints brand making the job defective and less profitable to the end users.
“In our interaction with major auto dealers we found that some of the managers do not have the requisite skills for better handling of body shop repairs processes to achieve high quality and cost effective results.
This workshop is part of measures by Sikkens to fill that gap by training these people for better understanding of auto painting and general body shop management” Onuh said.
Onuh who stated that Sikkens remains the best auto paint in the world because of its higher covering, higher gloss level, and its ability to last longer than any other paint, also noted that lots of money was expended to organise the workshop.
He said the two day workshop which held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town is one of the first phase of series of enlightenment programmes planned to educate both auto painters, car owners and the public about effective painting and general car maintenance.
The resources person, Mr. Nico Ouwehand, a technical application engineer who flew in from Holland for the purpose of the workshop took the participants through such courses as basics of body shop management, layout of the body shop, labour and time management, principles of profitability among other concepts.
Mr. Ouwehand said the programme is part of measures to put Sikkens paint ahead of others in Nigeria, adding that country is biggest market in Africa and both opportunities and competitions are growing intensely hence the need to ‘effectively support our dealers’.
Speaking shortly before he commenced, Mr. Ouwenhand said the programme is designed to efficiently equip to participants with the skills of how to meet up with customers demand within the shortest possible time through systematic organising and implementation of effective and efficient body shop management techniques.
For instance, when talking about time management, Ouwenhand likened the work of a painter to that of dentist when he said that in order to ensure smooth operation, an ideal spray boot should be organised like that of a dentist where every equipment are placed within reach.
He also enjoined painters to always be sincere and honest while carrying out their duties as this would not only endear them to their clients but also make their jobs come out fine.