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AkzoNobel revolutionizes color matching in the vehicle refinishes market

AkzoNobel has launched a revolutionary digital system which allows bodyshops to precisely measure and match the existing color on any area of a vehicle.

The advanced system consists of two key elements: Automatchic Vision – the latest generation of AkzoNobel's hand-held device that digitally analyzes color; and Automatchic Smart Search – color retrieval software that provides the optimum matching color formula.

"Quite simply, we are revolutionizing color matching in the bodyshop," explained Henri Bijsterbosch, Global Manager Digital Color at AkzoNobel's Vehicle Refinishes business. "The compact, hand-held Automatchic Vision device uses the latest digital technology to guarantee precise, reliable measurements of color, including curved parts of a vehicle that are traditionally difficult to read."

system is also intuitive and easy to operate, so that only minimal training is needed to achieve accurate measurements quickly. Color readings obtained using Automatchic Vision easily translated into the best matching color formula by the Smart Search software.

"Automatchic is designed to support standard bodyshop processes," added Bijsterbosch. "The software ensures the optimum color match while minimizing paint use, reducing waste and saving valuable time. With colors becoming increasingly difficult to match, Automatchic helps you make an objective choice."

system has been extensively tested with customers and feedback has been extremely positive. "There are fewer mistakes due to the easy, straightforward process," said Vincent Gourdon, Technical Manager at SODIP, a leading French distributor of automotive and industrial coatings.

on the announcement, Simon Parker, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Vehicle Refinishes business, said: "AkzoNobel color matching tools lead vehicle refinishes. Developing the latest digital technology is another example of our passion for excellence – reducing complexity and making the tools accessible for more people to start working with them."

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