PPG and IRS Group intensify cooperation

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”.


IRS AHLERSTEDT new in the group

In the year 2000, the master car mechanic Ralf Müller founded his own mechanic workshop. Together with his wife Andrea, he topped the successful development of the company in 2010 with the construction of the current location. The modern, spacious building is located in the district of Wangersen in the municipality of Ahlerstedt and houses the car dealership of the Müller family in addition to the master car mechanic business.

The car dealership shines with a very successful mechanics workshop and a growing bodywork and paint department for the repair of accident damage. This part of the family business has been part of the IRS Group since 01.09.2020.

By joining the IRS network, Ralf and Andrea Müller want to ensure the future-proof continuation of their workshop. They see their company with 25 employees and trainees under the umbrella of the growing IRS Group well equipped for the progressive digitalization of vehicle technology and the increasing process requirements in damage repair.

“The IRS Group will enable us to continue to offer our workshop customers the professional work they are used to from us in the long term – and that is a particularly important concern for us”.