Perfecting Painting: WorldSkills Canada competition underway in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta — This week, competitors from across the world met in Edmonton for the Canadian SATA Skills Car Painting Global Challenge 2022. Competitors from Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates met at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology campus for the main event, where they will be tested […]

Painter Rendezvous: International R-M Best Painter Contest set for late June

Clermont-de-l’Oise, France — Some of the world’s top automotive painters will descend on Clermont-de-l’Oise, France in late June to sort out who will take the top prize at the thirteenth International R-M Best Painter Contest Final. The competition will see ten national finalists square off at the R-M Refinish Competence Center in France from June […]

Board Meeting: Registration for INDASA 2022 Battle of the Boards now open

Toronto, Ontario — Trade in your halfpipe for a spray booth, INDASA’s 2022 Battle of the Boards competition is on and bringing together the best painters from across the globe in a showcase of some of the refinishing industry’s finest work. This competition, held annually by New Jersey-based abrasives developer INDASA, tasks automotive painters with […]

Captains of Coatings: BASF earns supplier award from GM for new clearcoat formula

Toronto, Ontario — BASF’s coatings division has been recognized by General Motors as one of this year’s Overdrive Award winners at the 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Phoenix, Ariz. As one of 31 companies to be honoured with the award, BASF was shown to demonstrate notable achievement in the areas of […]

A Test for the Best: Hood Master 2022 registration opens May 6

Toronto, Ontario — The late DMX once put forth the question, “Where the hood at?” If you were ever curious “When the hood at?” it’s May 6—the day registrations for this year’s Hood Master competition officially open. As hosts of one of North America’s hottest automotive painting competitions, FinishMaster is eager to open up 70 […]

The Cost of Doing Business: Ontario to review occupational illness systems

Toronto, Ontario — Automotive painters of the older generation may be pleased to hear that the Ontario government will launch the first-ever review of the province’s occupational illness system. The aim of the review will be to evaluate how occupational illnesses are identified and monitored within the current system. The review will be conducted by […]

Cyber Chemistry: AkzoNobel to use Microsoft quantum computing for chemical simulations

Toronto, Ontario — AkzoNobel is getting in on the cutting edge of computer science, announcing Monday that it has partnered with Microsoft to utilize the company’s quantum computing capabilities to run simulations on chemical reactions. The partnership will see scientists from both companies collaborating to develop a “virtual laboratory” where experiments can be conducted via […]

Mixing Milestone: PPG completes 1,000th MoonWalk system installation

Vigo, Spain — PPG has been busy making their mark across international automotive markets as of late, announcing on Tuesday that company representatives in Spain completed the thousandth installation of the MOONWALK automated refinish paint mixing system. As the latest addition to Group Perez Rumbao’s repair shop in Vigo, PPG expects the MoonWalk system to […]

Improving the Process: Axalta named 2021 Global Commercial Vehicle Coatings Company of the Year

Toronto, Ontario — For its advancements in automotive coatings technology, Frost and Sullivan has recognized Axalta as 2021 Global Commercial Vehicle Coatings Company of the Year. Axalta’s new Rival DTM Topcoat RV901 and RV902 products are unique because they can be applied directly on plastic substrates without an adhesion promoter, reducing the coating application process […]