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Axalta Refinish and Audatex launch new partnership to benefit bodyshops across South Africa

PlanManager will see both companies aim to expand their customer bases

3 November 2021 – Axalta Refinish in South Africa has entered into a partnership with Audatex, the world leader in database development, software implementation and services for the automobile repair and insurance claims processing industry. 

The partnership focuses on the Audatex bodyshop management system, PlanManager, a web-based end-to-end bodyshop management solution that streamlines the entire crash repair and claims management process for bodyshops and their customers.

Hannes Kloppers, Country Business Lead for Axalta Refinish in South Africa, says, “This partnership underscores our commitment to the South African refinish market. Working closely with Audatex, who already process over 80 percent of accident claims in South Africa, will be a mutually beneficial experience and ultimately one that will not only add value to our collective customer bases by providing them with an improved and more flexible level of service, but also provide new growth opportunities for us both.”

Lasen Moodley, Managing Director of Audatex in South Africa, says, “This is the first time we have embarked on this level of cooperation with a supplier, but Axalta is a leader in the refinish market, demonstrated by its products, innovations, services and its forward thinking. This partnership will further deepen the close relationship we have developed with Axalta Refinish in South Africa for over 20 years, and the ultimate objective is to move towards closer commercial cooperation, mutually supporting our sales teams.”

The first steps of the partnership are already underway: PlanManager is integrating seamlessly with Axalta’s premium refinish brands’ digital colour management systems, ChromaConnect from Cromax®, Phoenix from Spies Hecker and Standowin iQ from Standox, and Axalta Refinish technicians are undergoing extensive training with the bodyshop management solution so they can offer help and support to customers in the field.

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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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