Spies Hecker is one of the largest suppliers of refinish products, it began developing paints in 1882.

From the outset, its reputation was built on the high quality of its products, technology driven-innovation and promoting a close relationship with its partners.

Spies Hecker

  • Central training centre in Cologne, Germany.
  • Present in 65 countries.
  • 55 Training Centers – worldwide.
  • Innovative refinish solutions for passenger cars, CV and industry.
  • Main car manufacturers rely on Spies Hecker paint system.
Solutions that move you forward
  • High performance product range that cuts process times and energy costs.
  • Integrated color management tools.
  • Technical and Business Management Training that moves you forward.
  • Personal technical support.

Paint Systems for Generations

Spies Hecker has been writing paint history for more than 135 years. With futuristic products for car and commercial vehicle repairs, we are one of the leading suppliers in this field today. We have a long tradition of pioneering the major paint developments of era. From coach paint in 1882 to the modern vehicle refinish, Spies Hecker has come a long way. From these beginnings to today, customer-driven technical solutions and a close, cooperative relationship have always been at the core of our philosophy.

Spies Hecker
1882 Company establishment/varnish production for coaches.
1900 Vehicle refinishes are included in the product range.
1912 The corporation Spies, Hecker & Co. GmbH is established.
1948 Construction of a new, modern company building.
1955 Spies Hecker starts to export paint (NL).
1974 Integration in the Hoechst Group.
1979 Spies Hecker supplies its first customers overseas.
1980 Market launch of the 2-coat system – Base Coat 293/295 and clear coat.
1981 First Spies Hecker Training Center.
1994 Launch of waterborne base coat technology – Permahyd 280/285.
1999 Integration in the DuPont Group.
2004 Market launch of a mixing concentrate system for commercial vehicles.
First UV-curing product.
2007 125 years anniversary.
Opening of the new Spies Hecker Center in Cologne.
2010 Launch of Permahyd Base Coat Hi-TEC 480.
2013 Spies Hecker becomes part of Axalta Coating Systems.
2014 Introduction of the revolutionary fast drying Speed-TEC Clear Coat 8800
2015 Official Team Supplier of the Formula One team of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
Digital solutions in the mixing room: new ColorDialog Phoenix with associated Phoenix software.
2016 Complete Speed-TEC technology with the Surfacers 5500 / 5550.
2018 Launch of Race-Technology with the Race Clear Coat 8700.
Colour Management to work in a 100% digital process.

OEM Approvals

Compelling arguments for a good partnership.

Our claim to be a partner to the automobile industry is not just empty words. We are proud that Spies Hecker has the most approvals of any paint producer. Specifically, we supply paint systems precisely geared to the high quality demands of the various car manufacturers. Spies Hecker offers specific national packages for the car and commercial vehicle sectors that meet the high standards of the automobile industry and required legalisation to increase the profits of bodyshops.

Service according to a system.

The approvals we receive are always linked to extensive services we offer. We provide on-the-spot support for practical refinishing, run technical training courses and management seminars, help with business analyses and efficient business planning – all this to ensure the quality and profitability of bodyshops. It´s good to know that everything is running smoothly, because that enables the manufacturer´s organisation to focus on its core business.

Five steps every collision centre can take to improve their environmental sustainability

Spies Hecker is committed to supporting collision centre in their efforts to think green and to reduce their energy consumption. Spies Hecker Brand Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Joachim Hinz, addresses the importance of sustainability and offers guidance on what collision centres can do to improve their environmental sustainability.

The environment – a main pillar of sustainability – is under threat from climate change. The groundswell of increased urgency around this means that it is vital for the refinish industry to achieve the right balance of economic growth, environmental care and social responsibility. Car owners are mindful of their choices, and increasingly shrewd about the green credentials of businesses.


Hinz says, “We are at a critical point where businesses must demonstrate environmental awareness in their practices if they want to stay profitable and attractive to today’s environmentally-savvy customer. For collision centre owners, there are five concrete ways to implement green-thinking from a 360° perspective.”


The first step towards environmental awareness involves a holistic assessment of existing business practices. Hinz continues, “Collision centre owners should take stock of the products and accessory materials they use as well as the processes they have in place for everything, from the refinish work to the disposal of hazardous waste. Are employees following the most efficient processes and working with minimal materials and resources? Are they properly trained and supported in using the latest low energy systems? Are there newer and more environmentally-responsible options available on the market? Are guidelines for hazardous waste being followed? Once they have a clear picture of where they stand, they can identify where there is room for improvement.”

Low-energy products

A commitment to improved environmental sustainability can be achieved by opting for products that allow repairs to be carried out with speed and efficiency. A product range such as Spies Hecker’s Speed-TEC makes repairs faster and more energy efficient whilst providing excellent results.

Hinz explains, “Once an assessment has been carried out, the next step in a green-thinking approach can be something as simple as choosing the right products.”

The Spies Hecker Speed-TEC range allows process times to be cut in half and eliminates extra energy use during drying without compromising on quality. Refinishers can dry at temperatures as low as 20°C, which correlates to a 70 percent energy saving for the collision centre.

“This low temperature option makes the impact on the environment so much smaller than if the temperatures had to be kept above 65°C and it obviously keeps the energy bills down at the same time,” Hinz says.


Environmental awareness is something that should be shared across the collision centre. Choosing easy-to-use and energy efficient paint systems is key, but it is equally important to make sure that refinishers are trained in using the products and know how to use accessory materials.

“The third step is all about minimizing waste. The less material waste a collision centre generates, the better it is for the environment and the better it is for the bottom line. When refinishers are fully trained and well-informed about a product, application is easier, and throughput is increased. Conversely, when they are not confident about the application process, they might make mistakes resulting in unnecessary waste,” says Hinz.

Spies Hecker offers expert tuition and training courses at modern facilities at 53 locations around Europe. Refinishers learn how to use Spies Hecker products and system solutions correctly in order to help make collision centre work easier and more efficient.

Waste reduction and disposal

The fourth aspect of environmental sustainability that should underpin the refinish industry involves disposal of any hazardous waste that is generated. collision centres must adhere to local laws and EU regulations on the disposal of the products that they use, not only for the health and safety of their employees but also for the benefit and protection of the environment.

Hinz explains, “Anything that has been exposed to paint is considered hazardous, whether it’s a cleaning wipe or rubber gloves. Improperly emptied containers, for example, are considered hazardous waste, and fully drained containers are classified as controlled waste. It’s crucial to make sure that both are kept away from drains and watercourses and disposed of in accordance with environmental regulations. Our product labels and safety data sheets provide important information regarding the disposal.”

Pick the right partner

The fifth and last step in a collision centre’s journey towards environmental sustainability looks outward at partners, suppliers and other vendors.

Hinz concludes by urging collision centres to align with like-minded organizations. “As the saying goes, you are only as good as the company you keep, so it is key for collision centres to affiliate with organizations that will encourage, support and further their efforts to go green. Today, no business is too large or too small to take stock of its environmental impact.”

Ultimately, by choosing the right products, the right people and the right processes, the refinish industry can do its part to protect the environment.


Spies Hecker always offers the state-of-the-art in colour management systems to enable the fastest most accurate colour retrieval possible. Today that means completely digital processes.

Digital Colour Management with the Phoenix Cloud

Thanks to digital technology, colour management using the Phoenix Cloud is reliable, user-friendly and clear. Making complex colour matching with conventional painted colour chips a thing of the past.

Digital Colour Tools

Our measuring devices and the web-based Phoenix colour software mean that we are able to offer customers tailor-made solutions for practical digital colour management – for even greater efficiency in the workshop.

Colour Competency

Colours in vehicle manufacturing are constantly evolving. Up to 25,000 new colour formulas are developed in Axalta colour labs every year.

Spies Hecker Training

Our customers at Spies Hecker are provided with excellent expert support in 54 Training Centers worldwide. International standards and modern seminars set high criteria in any of these Centers. The training courses focus on all the practical aspects of refinishing.

In-depth knowledge of the market, technical experience, and constructive dialogue – these are the basis for the courses. Across the globe, skilled trainers are there to support the collision centres. They develop tailor-made advanced courses covering every aspect of refinishing.

International communication between Spies Hecker experts ensures a quick information flow. Market trends and requirements are perceived early and addressed with new hands-on solutions.

Simply closer. Equipment, products and personal support – the ultimate target of the Spies Hecker training team is to enhance practical knowledge within the collision centre. With an active exchange amongst fellow professionals.

Training that pays off
  • Strong emphasis on practice
  • Specially tailored to the needs of participants
  • Small groups, collegial atmosphere
  • Advanced training equipment
  • Expert instructors
  • Exchange of experience with other seminar participants
  • Supplementary training in the collision centre

Spies Hecker – the Official Team Supplier of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since 2013

As official team supplier to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Spies Hecker was commissioned to develop a special PETRONAS Green shade for their Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+. They wanted a colour that would stand out in all light and weather conditions and make the car uniquely recognizable.

Axalta paint designers developed a special formula for the Permahyd Hi-TEC 480 series. It’s a luxurious and dynamic pearl green that looks great on both track and screen. What’s more, it meets the extraordinary demands of an F1™ team – fast, light in weight and easy to apply.

Although it’s not commercially available, it demonstrates the expertise that goes into every one of our world-beating products.

2019 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport: New season, new livery, new colour.