Have you ever noticed a damaged leather sofa, ripped car seat, torn medical bed or cracked restaurant seat and wondered; can that be fixed? The answer is yes, and that’s what Fibrenew does.
Established in Toronto in 1985, Fibrenew is a home-based mobile service franchise that specializes in the repair, restoration, and renewal of leather, plastic, vinyl, fabric, and upholstery. The company began franchising in 1987. Fibrenew began to push to franchise across Canada in 1994. The next year, the company started manufacturing its own products. Fibrenew continued to expand by opening franchises in New Zealand in 1996, the U.S. in 1999, Mexico in 2000, Australia in 2016, and Chile in 2019. Currently, the company is based in Alberta, Canada, and has a network of franchisees across 250 global locations that continue to accelerate.
Fibrenew is a business that offers consumers and businesses a ‘green’ alternative to the replacement of damaged leather, plastic, and vinyl. Every day, this saves hundreds of items from ending up in landfills.
It's Not Reupholstery. It's Fibrenew
But what makes Fibrenew a leader in the industry are its proprietary product line, highly specialized techniques, and exclusive color-matching technology.
Additionally, it is not a re-upholstery service. Fibrenew serves its customers with on-site restoration service using their proprietary products and specialized processes. The technicians repair holes, cracks, fades, stains, burns, etc. on any type of leather, plastic or vinyl ‘in situ’. This means that the damaged items are repaired without having removed. It could be on furniture in a home, office, school, hotel, restaurants, or pubs it could be on a vehicle’s seats, armrests, dashboard or panels, it could be leather, plastic or vinyl in a boat or plane interiors, it could be medical exam tables or gym equipment, and on and on. The repair process and techniques not only save its customers time and money. Restoration by Fibrenew is often times more economical than the cost of replacement and can be completed faster than the time it takes for replacement materials to be ordered or delivered.
Furthermore, Fibrenew is a niche market business that offers consumers and businesses a ‘green’ alternative to the replacement of damaged leather, plastic, and vinyl. Every day, this saves hundreds of items from ending up in landfills.
Just like new!
Saving Money, Making Money
Having said that, unsurprisingly the company’s network of franchisees completes roughly 1,265 repairs and restoration jobs every day and 303,600 plus, every year. As leather, plastic, and vinyl can be found everywhere that gets damaged through normal wear and tear or accidents the need for Fibrenew services is always there and is always growing. Consequently, Fibrenew caters to almost every industry — aviation, automotive, commercial, marine, medical and residential markets.
A behind the scenes look at Fibrenew. Restoration magic.
With so many potential revenue streams across multiple markets along with a high demand for their services, the company and its franchisees have grown and thrived through every rise and fall of the economy. While the Fibrenew franchisees that begin with low monthly overhead, few or no employees to manage and a flat rate royalty system enjoy huge ROI with an amazing work-life balance. Fibrenew by continually reinvesting back into their business with the development of new products, systems, and software has established itself as a trusted market leader in leather, plastic & vinyl restoration space.
On the Move
With 30+ years of this development and growth, Fibrenew is now looking forward to expanding globally in other corners of the world.
The company is offering a limited-time deal on the first franchisees to join their network in any new country outside of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. The Franchise investment in the US is $79,000 USD however the first three franchisees in a new country will be placed at a significantly lower amount.
As part of the start-up package, prospective franchisees will receive:
– Exclusive territory with a mix of residential and commercial opportunities
– 2 weeks of hands-on training in Calgary, Canada
– 6 months of field training coaching (as they start to build their business)
– All proprietary products needed to get the business started
– Custom made color matching technology (reader and software)
– iPad loaded with all software needed to operate the business
– Print marketing materials and trade show supplies
– On-going, on-demand support – as much as they need
– Training manuals, instructional videos, full documentation
– Honesty and integrity from the Fibrenew Support team, always
Among the key requirements for prospective franchisees: they cannot be color blind, should enjoy working with their hands, should be physically fit to lift furniture and should have confidence with relationships and networking sales. An ideal franchise owner will be who has a unique blend of entrepreneurial drive, creative problem-solving skills, and instinctive customer service wisdom. Individuals who have a self-starter attitude but are also trainable and coachable.
As for those looking for a business concept that can’t be outsourced or replaced by machines, with rock-solid support, marketing and technology systems, an exceptional product line and a niche service that’s in-demand across multiple markets, Fibrenew is a great business opportunity with a great environmental impact.