Mercedes-Benz and AkzoNobel have agreed to extend their partnership agreement for another four years, meaning the company will continue to be a recommended supplier of vehicle refinish products and services in China and a preferred partner in Indonesia.
The deal was confirmed after extensive testing and analysis of the product assortments and services provided by AkzoNobel’s premium Sikkens brand. “We’re delighted to extend our successful partnership with one of the world’s most renowned automotive brands,” said Patrick Bourguignon, Director of AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. “We believe that our class-leading Sikkens portfolio, digital colour tools and services offering can add value to our partners’ after sales network and deliver the best possible support to its customers in China and Indonesia.”
As well as offering proven performance and a premium quality refinish system, AkzoNobel is a leader in the development of innovative digital colour tools. The partnership means customers can benefit from MIXIT, a cloud-based colour retrieval application which gives instant access to more than two million colour formulas. In combination with the compact, hand-held Automatchic spectrophotometer, any paint job can be done quicker, more accurately and with less waste.
Customers can also benefit from AkzoNobel’s business services, including the Carbeat digital body shop workflow solution, which helps to increase production management efficiency and reduces cycle times. Meanwhile, for the Chinese market, the company recently introduced a range of new low VOC products.
“The continuation of our partnership agreement shows great recognition for AkzoNobel’s dedicated vehicle refinish teams in the region,” added Baron Schreuder, Regional Commercial Director Asia for the company’s Automotive and Vehicle Refinish business. “Asia-Pacific is an extremely important region for both parties and we’re proud to continue providing a first class service experience throughout China and Indonesia.”
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