Mr. Koudai Sasaki from All Honda Body Service has won the national R-M Best Painter Contest in Japan. The contest recognizes talented young painters and promotes the use of ONYX HD waterborne technologies, driving sustainability in bodyshop operations.
Tokyo, Japan – May 23, 2016 – BASF announced the result of the national R-M Best Painter Contest in Japan, where the competition was held on May 21. Highly-skilled young painters from across Japan demonstrated their sophisticated skills in the competitive final national contest at BASF’s Refinish Competence Center in Nippa. Through this contest, R-M reinforces its commitment to the industry by offering a platform to uncover young talent and to explore how to further boost their productivity and efficiency.
Eight finalists were assessed on various technical tasks such as their skills in applying R-M ONYX HD waterborne paint solutions, color-matching skills, their overall knowledge of waterborne coatings system as well as health and safety issues. Mr. Koudai Sasaki from All Honda Body Service swept to victory having perfected each task. “I have admired this contest for long time since our bodyshop started to use ONYX HD. I am happy to be the winner of this contest.”
Hideo Tadokoro, Senior Manager, Automotive Refinish Coating Solutions, BASF Japan applauded the contestants for reaching the national final and showing their passion for the automotive refinish business. “During the pre-final and final contests, it was amazing to see
all these young painters who are so proud of their profession. I am convinced they can use what they learned during the competition as a springboard to become a world-class spray painter.”
Mr. Genya Yokota from Avance Techno Service, the finalist under the age of 30 with the highest score, will represent Japan in the 12th International R-M Best Painter Contest, which will be held from September 26 to 30, 2016 in Clermont, France.