Mercedes-Benz has renewed its approval of Spies Hecker and Standox, two Axalta premium global refinish brands. Axalta said that from the beginning of April this year until the end of March in 2025, the two brands will be approved for use across the Mercedes-Benz network in eight Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets.
The approval covers mainland China, Indonesia and South Korea for Spies Hecker, and Australia, India, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand for Standox.
The agreement is in addition to Mercedes-Benz approvals already in place with the two brands in more than 60 countries. Standox also has Mercedes-Benz Preferred Partner Status in Australia, India, Japan and Taiwan, with Spies Hecker having the same status in mainland China.
“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,” said Simon Lee, Managing Director for Axalta’s Refinish business in APAC.
“We are very proud to be continuing our successful alliance with Mercedes-Benz in 2021 and beyond.”
Axalta said Spies Hecker’s Hi-TEC and Standox’s Standoblue, 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, the two brands will not only supply Mercedes-Benz body shops with refinish paint, but also high-quality technical training, colour management assistance, and general consulting and support.