Our History
  • 1919

    The company’s founder,Herbert Mason, joins forces with Fred Rinshed to form the Rinshed-Mason Company, which soon became the largest paint supplier to the growing automotive industry.

  • 1926

    Cadillac, the world-famous prestige car manufacturer and first choice of US presidents, orders the first batch of material.

  • 1931

    R-M launches the first metallic finish for cars.

  • 1948

    The first mixing base system is launched.

  • 1960’s

    R-M provides one of the first Space missions with the “heat-resistant black lacquer”.

  • 1963

    R-M Automotive Refinish establishes its research, development and manufacturing facility in Europe, near Paris.

  • 1970

    R-M produces the first waterborne OEM paints.

  • 1981

    The DIAMONT basecoat line is launched in Clermont.

  • 1986

    R-M becomes part of the BASF Group.

  • 1990

    Creation of the Refinish Competence Center in Clermont.

  • 1995

    Colormaster, the world’s leading colour identification tool is launched and revolutionizes colour matching.

  • 1995

    R-M launches two environmentally friendly paint systems: the waterborne basecoat line ONYX HD and the high-solids system UNO HD.

  • 1996

    www.rmpaint.com – R-M is the first to launch a website in the automotive refinish industry to put all of its color formulae online.

  • 2000

    “Programs For Success”, R-M’s innovative service package specially developed for managers is launched to help bodyshops increase their productivity and sales.

  • 2003

    CARIZZMA is launched in the USA and as the first VOC-compliant product for customized finishes in Europe in 2008.

  • 2009

    Colortronic 2, the second generation of R-M’s colour measuring device is launched to help bodyshops identify the matching colour and select the right formula faster.

  • 2010

    The 10th International R-M Best Painter Contest takes part in France (Clermont de l’Oise).

  • 2011

    R-M Premium Partners launch in Europe.

  • 2013

    The R-M International Refinish Competence Center becomes one of the most modern training facilities in Europe.

  • 2014

    New Brilliance in the Universe by R-M

    With an advanced generation of clearcoats, R-M further optimised the proven quality of its coatings - for a more brilliant gloss and even faster drying.

  • 2015

    R-M is confirmed as the caring business partner worldwide, A brand of BASF - We create chemistry. In this year, R-M’s next generation of clearcoats is launched.

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Master’Art

R-M’s initiative to promote excellence


Training new generations is crucial for the profession. The automotive industry is clearly one of the sectors that experience the most significant changes due to new technologies and sustainable development requirements. R-M made a conscious decision to actively cooperate with schools to encourage young talent to join the world of automotive industry. With Master’Art, R-M promotes the job of an automotive refinish painter and explains why this job offers such huge potential and will enable those who chose it to take up the great challenges offered by this exciting career.

     
    Our OEM Partners

    R-M is recommended by all leading car manufacturers worldwide.

    R-M is the preferred partner for those who value strong colour competence with dynamic, highly-productive business solutions in the bodyshop. BASF continues to drive the R-M focus by working closely with the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers to develop innovative solutions in OEM finishes as well as automotive refinish, through the development of efficient, state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly coatings technology.


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    R-M is recommended by all leading car manufacturers worldwide.

    R-M is the preferred partner for those who value strong colour competence with dynamic, highly-productive business solutions in the bodyshop. BASF continues to drive the R-M focus by working closely with the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers to develop innovative solutions in OEM finishes as well as automotive refinish, through the development of efficient, state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly coatings technology.


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    R-M Premium Partners

    R-M's initiative for increased customers excellence in Europe

    R-M Premium Partners is an initiative by R-M that aims to offer its customers even more consulting and other services to meet even highest standards. Success and a strong partnership can only be achieved and lived if personal exchange occurs. Aiming at a common pursuit of excellence, R-M Premium Partners has enjoyed huge success amongst customers, and is today growing steadily across Europe.


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    R-M's initiative for increased customers excellence in Europe

    R-M Premium Partners is an initiative by R-M that aims to offer its customers even more consulting and other services to meet even highest standards. Success and a strong partnership can only be achieved and lived if personal exchange occurs. Aiming at a common pursuit of excellence, R-M Premium Partners has enjoyed huge success amongst customers, and is today growing steadily across Europe.


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