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Mercedes-Benz AG Approves Axalta’s Refinish Brands Until 2025

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.

For more information please visit www.spieshecker.com and www.standox.com.

About Standox

Standox, a global refinish coating brand from Axalta, is the best choice for professional refinishers. Customers can rely on Standox to achieve the best quality results, every time, accurately and quickly. As a brand manufactured in Wuppertal, Germany, Standox ensures our customers are ready for future digitalisation by improving workflow and work processes with digital tools. Standox further supports customers not only with relevant market insights but also work provision thanks to extensive approvals from car manufacturers as well as fleet, lease and insurance companies, which reflect the brand’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. Standox – the art of refinishing.

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