Mercedes-Benz AG Approves Spies Hecker Until 2023

Mercedes-Benz AG has renewed its approval of Spies Hecker, one of the global refinish brands of Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings. Effective 1 April 2020, Spies Hecker is once again approved for use across the Mercedes-Benz network in 4 European countries, until 31 March 2023. This agreement is in addition to Mercedes-Benz approvals already in place with Spies Hecker in 24 countries globally.

Bart De Groof, Commercial Director for Axalta’s Refinish business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), says, “Car manufacturers need paint brands they can trust to deliver a high-quality finish for repairs and Spies Hecker has been approved for just that by Mercedes-Benz for over 20 years. We are very proud to be continuing our successful alliance with Mercedes-Benz in 2020 and beyond.”

Permahyd Hi-TEC from Spies Hecker, the brand’s third-generation waterborne basecoat, is particularly well-suited to the Mercedes-Benz network as it provides excellent colour matching and customised solutions for superior and durable finishes. Under the terms of the agreement, Spies Hecker will not only supply Mercedes-Benz bodyshops with refinish paint, but also will provide the highest quality technical training, colour management assistance and general consulting and support.

The newly signed approval covers France, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy.

Spies Hecker is also currently approved by the Mercedes-Benz network in the following countries: Austria, Bahrain, China, Croatia, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the United States

The re-approval follows a standard audit performance check of Axalta’s biggest waterborne coatings production site globally in Wuppertal, Germany, which passed with flying colours.

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About Spies Hecker

Spies Hecker, a global refinish coating brand from Axalta, develops optimum and practical paint system solutions that make bodyshop work easier and more efficient. Originally from Cologne, Germany, and with over 135 years of success behind it, Spies Hecker’s high-quality product systems, customised service and tailored training demonstrate its partnership with the refinish industry. The paint brand is one of the world’s leading vehicle refinish brands, and is available in over 75 countries worldwide.

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