3M and Festool join forces to target automotive bodywork repair industry

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The tools manufactured by Festool for the automotive market will now be distributed by 3M. This partnership signed in Germany has also been extended to the Belgian Automotive Collision Repair market.

In the Festool range, polishing machines, dust extractors and sanders are the main tools used in the automotive after market. These are sold to bodywork garages, repair shops and suppliers to the automotive collision repair market.

Strategic agreement also covers Belgium

Back in February 2016, Festool, which manufatures electric and pneumatic power tools, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with 3M. From January 2017, both companies will launch in Belgium – and the rest of Europe – the Total Automotive Sanding System for the automotive collision repair industry.

From then on, customers in the automotive collision repair channel will have access to a unique and comprehensive surface preparation, finishing and dust extraction system from a single supplier.

“3M and Festool engineered the Total Automotive Sanding System to support the ongoing need for cleaner, safer, more efficient and profitable automotive collision repair workshops,” 3M commented. “With the combined world-class portfolios of 3M abrasives and Festool premium tools and services, 3M can provide a total solution to make body shops more profitable.”

2 companies steeped in automotive history

3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) is part of the 3M Industrial Business Group (IBG). It is the market leader for automotive maintenance and collision repair, and offers a full range of products for the manufacture, repair and maintenance of vehicles. With more than 70 subsidiaries worldwide, the Division has been active in the automotive collision repair industry for more than 90 years.

Festool develops electric and pneumatic tools for professionals as well as users with tough demands. Automotive is an important market for the company’s Belgian branch in Brussels. Since the founding of the family business in 1925, its commitment to quality and innovation has earned it over 350 patents and more than 90 awards.