Axalta Refinish, Autoboys and Kanye Vimba Launch New Partnership in South Africa

Autoboys Spies Hecker Partnership

Industry-leading Spies Hecker products and training programmes are being rolled out across South African bodyshops with immediate effect.

Johannesburg, 20 July 2022 – Axalta Refinish, Autoboys and Kanye Vimba have signed a rolling long-term agreement that, effective immediately, introduces Spies Hecker premium automotive coatings across South Africa. With a national footprint and a substantial support structure of well-trained technicians, the Autoboys and Kanye Vimba teams are well positioned to extend the reach of Spies Hecker in a competitive marketplace.

Hannes Kloppers, Indirect Business Manager for Axalta’s Refinish business in South Africa, says, “We have been doing business with Autoboys since 2019, supplying them with Duxone, our competitive and value-led brand, and this new agreement extends our partnership. Under this agreement, the new bodyshops will benefit from Spies Hecker premium products, as well as our customised training programmes, enabling them to work faster, more efficiently and more successfully.”

Filum Ho, CEO, Autoboys, says, “We are delighted to offer bodyshops the easy-to-use and comprehensive Spies Hecker product offering, which is a fantastic addition to our current portfolio. Because we work with insurers and OEMs, high-standards are expected. Spies Hecker gives us all the necessary tools and knowledge to carry out first-class repairs.”

Axalta Refinish has conducted two weeks of intensive full-time training with Autoboys to introduce them to the Spies Hecker range of products, tools and services. 

Llewellyn Mulder, Managing Director, Kanye Vimba, the paint service and technical joint venture with Autoboys, adds, “This new agreement with Axalta Refinish takes our collaboration with Autoboys to the next level. We look forward to playing our part in ensuring Spies Hecker is used more widely in the South African market. Looking ahead, we will be able to keep everyone up to date with new products and advanced application techniques with sessions at the Axalta Refinish Training Centre in Midrand, and through on-site training sessions at our own locations.”  

Kloppers concludes, “Autoboys and Kanye Vimba are preeminent players in South Africa’s refinish market with a full-service offering to bodyshops – this deal is a game-changer, demonstrating our commitment to our customers.”

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Axalta Refinish, Autoboys and Kanye Vimba Launch New Partnership in South Africa