v.l.: Frank Gerardy, Geschäftsführer Karosserie und Lack, Dirk Wischnewski, CFO und Sprecher der IRS Group, Thomas Leuchten, PPG Business Development Director und Torben Beck, PPG Business Director.
The consistent further development of intelligent processes and investment in digitization is a key prerequisite for the future viability of vehicle repair. PPG, the specialist for paint applications, and the IRS Group agree on this. Since the start of their cooperation in 2017, the companies have been vigorously promoting innovations at IRS’ locations.
Optimization through digital process planning and efficient warehouse management
All body and paint shops in IRS’ growing repair network work with both digital color measurement and digital mixing systems from Nexa Autocolor. The advantages are time savings, reliability in the color mixing process and optimized paint consumption.
The two partners also see great potential for optimization in the ideal process planning of operating procedures and have been successively rolling out ProcessManager in the IRS workshops since the beginning of the year. PPG’s digital planning tool brings transparency to workshop orders and makes communication faster and more efficient. Capacities can be planned precisely and each individual process step can be called up and controlled at any time by managers and employees.
Another pillar in the digitalization of workshop operations is efficient warehouse management. PPG’s web-based easyStore system automatically keeps inventories at the optimum level, thereby reducing storage and handling costs.
Strategic partnership with PPG
“The decision for PPG as strategic partner of IRS has a very positive effect on the control of our locations” explains managing director Frank Gerardy. “Our customers in particular benefit from the higher planning accuracy of the digital systems, because we can tell even more reliably when a vehicle will be finished. A further plus of digitalization is the motivation of our employees. Everyone thinks the control of their own work with the tablet is good. And thanks to PPG’s training program, everyone quickly became familiar with it”.
Thomas Leuchten, Business Development Director at PPG Refinish, adds: “We are very happy about this intensive and good cooperation. IRS with its growing network and willingness to quickly adapt innovative tools and digital building blocks is an excellent partner for us. The close cooperation accelerates the innovation process and we are very pleased to have gained the trust of IRS Group for this strategic cooperation”.
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