R-M® announces the winner of the national final of the Best Painter Contest in Portugal.
On February 12th, 2020, the R-M Best Painter Contest jury announced the winner of the national final at the Refinish Competence Center in Guadalajara (Spain). Kevin Alexandre from the Autocareca bodyshop was the big winner and will represent the country in the International Final in September, in France. The other three finalists who participated today are António Filipe Aguiar de Cardan, Fabrice Gaspar of Auto Mecânica Gaspar & Filhos and Rui Flores of BL Motor. This year the central theme is "Driving digital competency and eco-efficient solutions", which combines aspects of fast processes and digital solutions, with the notion of sustainability. Participants completed different tasks, from color identification to efficient application of paint with the high quality ONYX HD paint line. The contest was organized with the active support of partners EMM, SAGOLA, REAUXI at the national level, and the premium global partners 3M, ANEST IWATA, EMM, RODIM, SATA, as well as the commercial partners Horn & Bauer, IRT de Hedson, METTLER-TOLEDO and Sia Abrasives internationally.
The need for well-trained young talent has been increasing worldwide. When it comes to repainting automobiles, future painters prepare for increasingly specialized application processes, more efficient product innovations and greater digital solutions. The thirteenth edition of R-M's Best Painter Contest, like previous editions, is a competition for young emerging painters with the aim of promoting the profession as an attractive career, thus honoring the most talented painters. The contest takes place in 16 countries and has the greatest talent up to 35 years of age. From 22 to 24 September 2020, the finalists will represent their respective countries in the International Final in France.
"Participating in a worldwide competition, such as R-M's Best Painter Contest, benefits young painters both personally and professionally," said Roar Solberg, Vice President of Sales at Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions EMEA. “Young painters have the opportunity to establish contact with international colleagues and at the same time demonstrate how painters can work sustainably to achieve the sector's lasting success. The R-M brand wants to actively support young talents by providing them with internal knowledge about the latest developments, increasing the visibility of their profession as a painter ”.