Wedge Clamp Systems Inc., manufacturer of lightweight and economical auto body repair systems, has been purchased by the Craftsman Group, owner of the largest privately held body shop chain in North America. Craftsman Collision has 36 shops in the continent.
“Nothing on the market compares to [Wedge Clamp] for speed, accuracy and ease of operation,” said Bill Hatswell, the new owner and president of Wedge Clamp Systems. “We’ve been exclusive users of the Wedge Clamp System since it was introduced.”
Wedge Clamp is also the worldwide distributor of NitroHeat, a spray painting system that replaces air with heated nitrogen that is said to dramatically reduce paint consumption and drying times while delivering a more lustrous and durable finish.
“As an industry leader committed to having the best technology, we know that both Wedge Clamp and NitroHeat add to our advantage over other shops in terms of repair quality and vehicle finish,” said Hatswell.
Craftsman’s purchase of Wedge Clamp includes the firm’s Asia headquarters in Suzhou, China, where a model training facility showcases Wedge Clamp’s products for visiting technicians.
“Car sales in China are 20 million a year, but after-sales service lags far behind,” says Frank Liu, Wedge Clamp’s general manager of business development in China. “With a successful Craftsman Collision business model and sufficient capital support, Wedge Clamp can establish its sales distribution network all over China.”
Wedge Clamp will also be establishing an office and showroom in Los Angeles in 2015, says Hatswell.
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