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BASF Coatings Services host Toyota T-Tep competition

For the last five years, BASF Coatings Services have been hosting the Toyota Technical Education Programme Competition (Toyota T-TEP) at the Refinish Competence Centre in Midrand. The purpose of the programme is to generate technically skilled professionals for the automotive industry.

The contestants who took part in the competition were learners from technical schools across South Africa that offer vehicle spray painting as part of their curriculum. The contestants comprised of learners who were in their final year with either three to four years’ worth of experience.

During the one-day competition, the contestants were exposed to a “real-life” body shop environment as they were examined on panel preparation, priming, sanding, painting of basecoat and clearcoats, as well as colour blindness. Health and safety and good house-keeping were also under scrutiny.

The BASF team, which was part of the judging panel, ensured that the tasks were completed timeously. Marius Nel, BASF Regional Technical Manager said, “As we are all aware, there is a huge shortage of spray painters in South Africa. If we don’t join hands as an industry to do something about it, then we will have huge difficulties in the future.”

The Toyota -TEP is widely recognized across the globe for its effectiveness. The program has been successfully introduced in 508 institutes across 55 countries by Toyota, which includes USA, Australia, Italy, China, Vietnam and India. BASF is proud to be associated with this initiative.