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 […]

Cœurs et esprits: France passes law mandating eco-positive messaging in car ads

Paris, France — A new French law is taking a similar tack to modern tobacco and alcohol messaging, mandating that automakers include disclaimers that mention the environmental benefits of cycling, carpooling and public transit. As of March 1, all ads from car companies will be required to include one of the following phrases: “For short […]

Same Body, New Heart: Constellium SE to provide aluminum parts for F-150 Lightning EV

Toronto, Ontario — Ford has announced that France-based aluminum supplier Constellium SE will be providing structural components for the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning that will go on sale in the spring of 2022. The Lightning will follow the lead of previous F-150 models in its extensive use of high-strength aluminum parts. Constellium has been supplying […]

BASF sending competitor to R-M Best Painter Contest

Brandon Rixse (centre) receives his plaque for being named the North American representative for the R-M Best Painter contest from Roger Sipe, BASF Account Representative (left) and Mike Freeman, BASF Market Segment Manager for R-M in North America.

Southfield, Michigan — June 13, 2016 — For the first time, BASF will participate in the R-M Best Painter Contest, with Brandon Rixse of Thomas E. Brown representing the company. Rixse will travel to R-M global headquarters in France to participate in the competition against painters from 15 different countries. “The goal of the competition […]