Premium global refinish brands re-approved for Mercedes-Benz network across 8 Asian – Pacific markets
Basel, Switzerland – 8 March 2021 – Mercedes-Benz AG has renewed its approval of Spies Hecker and Standox – two of the premium, global refinish brands of Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings. Effective 1 April 2021, Spies Hecker and Standox are once again approved for use across the Mercedes-Benz network in eight Asian-Pacific (APAC) markets, until 31 March 2025. This agreement is in addition to Mercedes-Benz approvals already in place with Spies Hecker and Standox in over 60 countries globally.
Additionally, Standox is awarded Mercedes-Benz Preferred Partner Status in Australia, India, Japan and Taiwan and for Spies Hecker in Mainland China.
Simon Lee, Managing Director for Axalta’s Refinish business in APAC, says, “Car manufacturers need paint brands they can trust to deliver a high-quality finish for repairs and Axalta’s Spies Hecker and Standox brands have 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 2021 and beyond.”
Spies Hecker’s Hi-TEC and Standoblue from Standox, the brands’ third-generation waterborne basecoats, are particularly well-suited to the Mercedes-Benz network as they provide excellent colour matching and customised solutions for superior and durable finishes. Under the terms of the agreement, Spies Hecker and Standox 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 Mainland China, Indonesia and South Korea for Spies Hecker. For Standox, it comprises Australia, India, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand.
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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