Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:11

3M and Festool Announce Strategic Collaboration to Serve Collision Repair Industry

3M Company and TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG, maker of Festool brand products, announced on February 29 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 abrasives, global sales and distribution capabilities with Festool-branded power tool and dust extraction technologies to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of offerings to customers in the automotive aftermarket.

As part of the 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 later in 2016, with additional countries to be added.

The new system responds to the increasing demand from customers in the automotive collision repair industry for 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 an unparalleled solution for complete dust extraction needs,” said Laurie Altman, vice president and general manager, 3M’s AAD. “With this agreement, customers in the automotive aftermarket will now have access to one of the most comprehensive portfolios of offerings in the industry from one provider.”

“We are proud to enter into this collaboration with 3M to offer a premium surface treatment system for body shops,” said Christian Oltzscher, chief sales officer, TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co. KG. “With the combined world-class portfolios of tools and abrasives, and the expertise and extensive distribution capabilities of 3M sales and service professionals, we will be able to serve customers in the automotive aftermarket even better. Our goal is to make body shops more profitable.”

3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division spans the globe, serving the automotive collision repair industry through more than 70 subsidiaries. 3M abrasives, including new 3M™ Cubitron™ II Abrasives, will now be offered in conjunction with Festool Automotive Systems surface prep tools, dust extraction capabilities and services.

For 90 years, Festool has been a manufacturer of power tools, including pneumatic and electric sanders, polishers and backup pads, vacuums and surface-prep workstations. The company also continues to develop a new line of connected “smart tools."