R-M, BASF`s premium paint brand for the automotive refinish industry, is again in search for the best young painters: The 12th edition of the R-M Best Painter Contest is starting in more than 18 countries from the regions Europe, South Africa, Asia and for the first time North America. The main theme is innovative thinking with state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable solutions, using the R-M’s ONYX HD waterborne paint line. The finalists identified through national competitions will represent their individual countries in the International Final which will be held at the International R-M Refinish Competence Center in Clermont, near Paris, between the 26th and 30th of September 2016.
The R-M International Best Painter Contest is the automotive refinish brand’s own unique competition that promotes the best talents with a promising career in the automotive industry. “Today more than ever, we support our customers in achieving excellence and increased productivity in automotive refinishing through dedicated trainings on site or in our Refinish Competence Centers. Not only with the best solutions to increase their productivity and business success, but also with our customers to identify young talented painters who are able to think in an innovative and sustainable way, like we do”, says Harald Pflanzl, Senior Vice President Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions Europe at BASF Group’s Coatings Division. The winner of the last Best Painter Contest, held in 2013, was Ole Kristian Fureid from Norway. Today, Ole works as a technician, providing professional support to bodyshop networks including DK, which paints the largest volume of 100% electric Tesla vehicles in the world.