BASF supports next generation of automotive refinishers at the global WorldSkills competition

BASF is a sponsor of the WordSkills initiative for young talents in the "Car Painting" category. The WorldSkills finals will take place at the end of August in Kazan, Russia.

Young car painters at work.
Trainers help the young painters to learn more about efficient application processes and give them important tips for achieving the best results with BASF's refinish solutions. Image source: Wilfried Hiegemann - -

Known internationally as the world championship of non-academic occupations, the WorldSkills competition aims to motivate young people worldwide to take up a trade or technical profession. By sponsoring this initiative, the Automotive Refinish business unit of BASF’s Coatings division supports young talents, inspires them, and makes them excited about the spray painting profession in particular.

Initiated in 1950, trainees and young skilled workers from all over the world compete with each other at the WorldSkills and measure their skills in numerous categories ever since. Through national and regional preliminary competitions only the best of their trade qualify for the finals of the biennial world championships.

Combining ecological vision and economic success

At the WorldSkills competition, participants in the category “Car Painting” will exclusively use products from the comprehensive portfolio of BASF’s refinish brands, depending on the country, as well as the Rodim brand range of paint-related products. Local trainers and online tutorials will help the young spray painters to learn more about efficient application processes and provide them with useful tricks for best results. During the finals, the jury will also pay close attention to a sustainable way of working. By selecting the right products, reducing waste and re-using materials, the participants will be in the position to combine ecological vision and economic success.

From August 22 to 27, young professionals under the age of 25 will meet for the finals in Kazan, Russia, to prove their craftsmanship in the international competition. WorldSkills organizers are expecting more than 100,000 visitors from all over the world as well as 1,600 participants from more than 60 countries who will measure their skills against each other in 56 performance competitions.

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