3M and Festool collaborate to serve collision repair industry
St. Paul, Minn.- 3M Co. and TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG, maker of Festool brand products, has announced a strategic collaboration to provide customers in the global automotive collision repair industry a new and comprehensive surface preparation and finishing system.
The collaboration brings together 3M’s best-in-class abrasives, global sales and distribution capabilities with Festool-branded premium power tools, dust extraction technologies and exceptional customer service to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of offerings to customers in the automotive aftermarket.
As part of the strategic collaboration, 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) will eventually become the exclusive supplier of 3M and Festool Automotive Systems products in the automotive aftermarket. The new system is expected to launch in the U.S. and Canada in late 2016, with more countries to be announced at a later date.
The new system responds to the increasing demand from customers in the automotive collision repair industry for highly efficient, all-in-one dust extraction solutions that support the ongoing need from customers to maintain cleaner, more efficient and profitable shops.
“Our collaboration with Festool Automotive Systems combines 3M’s leadership in abrasives technologies and Festool´s premium power tools, dust extraction technologies and service to deliver customers a solution for complete dust extraction needs,” said Laurie Altman, vice president and general manager, 3M’s automotive aftermarket division.
From Christian Oltzscher, chief sales officer, TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG, “We are proud to enter into this collaboration with 3M to offer a premium surface treatment system for body shops.”