St. Paul, Minnesota — March 2, 2016 — 3M Company and TTS Tooltechnic Systems, maker of Festool brand products, have announced a strategic collaboration to provide repairers 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 tools, dust extraction technologies and customer service to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of offerings to customers in the automotive aftermarket.
3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division 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 Canada and the US later in 2016, with additional countries to be announced at a later date.
According to an official statement, the new system responds to the increasing demand from collision repair customers 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 an unparalleled solution for complete dust extraction needs,” said Laurie Altman, Vice President and General Manager, 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division. “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.”