R-M®, BASF’s premium automotive refinish paint brand, is launching the search for the most talented spray painters in the industry. The 13th International R-M Best Painter Contest will take place in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. For the first time, China and Morocco will also take part in the competition. The motto “Driving digital competency and eco-efficient solutions” combines the aspects of quick processes and digital solutions with the notion of sustainability. Sixteen finalists will be represented from around the world and will demonstrate the top standards used by the best talents in the area of automotive refinishing worldwide – using the ONYX HD waterborne premium paint line. The competition is organized with the active support of the premium business partners 3M, ANEST IWATA, EMM, RODIM, SATA and regular business partners Horn & Bauer, IRT by Hedson, METTLER-TOLEDO and sia Abrasives.
The need for young, well-trained talent is growing worldwide. When it comes to automotive refinishing, future spray painters are being prepared for increasingly specialized application processes, more efficient product innovations and more digital solutions. Since 1999, R-M has hosted the Best Painter Contest as a competition for young up-and-coming spray painters to promote the profession as an attractive career and honor the most talented spray painters.
National Finals will first take place in the 16 participating countries until June 2020. The competition is open to young spray painters 35 years old and under, who are familiar with the ONYX HD waterborne premium paint line. From September 22 to 24, 2020, the finalists will represent their respective countries at the International Final in France.
The 2020 International R-M Best Painter Contest will focus on digital competency and fast, eco-efficient solutions, for example, in digital color measurement, as well as in the use of innovative efficient processes such as leveraging UV technology in repairing cosmetic damage. Safety and sustainability are just as important, as well as raising awareness about actively contributing to reducing CO2 emissions through eco-friendly solutions including R-M ONYX HD waterborne refinish paint system. Choosing products from R-M’s e’Sense solutions is another way of doing this, since it is based on the use of biomass-balanced raw materials. The contest also focuses on training and opportunities to grow expertise in the industry. The jury consists of head trainers from the R-M Automotive Refinish Academy based in Europe. Worldwide, the R-M brand has a network of more than 80 Refinish Competence Centers: Equipped with the latest technical standards and multimedia training tools, R-M offers its customers significant flexibility to meet their refinish training needs while providing innovative and sustainable solutions and thus increasing the efficiency level and profitability of their business.
Register here : http://www.apply.bestpainter.rmpaint.com/
Best Painter Contest countries dates of National Finals :
France: December 3rd-4th 2019 : Mr Sylvain CRELLIER, Garage de la Croisée dans le Doubs (25)
Morocco: December 18th 2019: Mr Abdelhadi ESSARI, Hyundai
Norway, Denmark, Finland: January 20th-22nd 2020
Spain: February 11th 2020
Portugal: February 12th 2020
USA / Canada: February 27th-28th 2020
Poland: March 1st 2020
Germany: March 6th 2020
South Africa: March 13th 2020
China: Regional: March 2020
National: June 2020
Japan: June 19th-20th 2020
Belgium: May 14th 2020
Italy: May 18th-22nd 2020
Russia: May 21st-22nd 2020
Netherlands: June 04th 2020
Ukraine, Belarus, Kazachstan: To follow