As the date draws closer to the International Final of the R-M Best Painter Contest, the South African finalist, Monique Swanepoel has been hard at work preparing for the prestigious competition which is scheduled to be held in Clermont de l’Oise France, from the 27th to the 29th of September 2016.
Training under the watchful eye of Wayne Brandon, technical trainer for BASF Coatings Services at the Refinish Competence Center, Swanepoel is certainly ready for the international finals. “We have been fine tuning a few technical areas to ensure Monique is 100% confident in all the tasks that she will need to perform during the competition,” notes Brandon.
With the motto for this year’s competition being “Think innovative – Be sustainable”, an additional Colours & Design task has been created to test the contestants’ creativity with regards to their colour competence skills. Car manufacturers are currently investing in e-mobility and digitalisation bringing to question the new colours that these vehicles will have.
The BASF Color Designers predict in their Automotive Color Trends 2016/2017 that automotive colours will be influenced by the interconnection of the digitalisation (virtual world) and the social development (physical world). Therefore, the finalists are tasked to come up with a colour concept that will depict future sustainable cars. Media representatives at the finals will vote for the best colour on the last day of the competition. The best colour will be presented to the OEMs by the Color Designers with mention of the winning contestant and their country.
Swanepoel will compete against 14 other finalists from Europe, Asia and Canada and South Africa wishes her the best.