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SOUTHFIELD, MI, November 22, 2019 – Students around the country enrolled in automotive refinish programs can look forward to new spray guns and other needed resources thanks to the generosity of leading global coatings provider, BASF.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) received donations this month including spray guns, paint, materials and equipment with an estimated value of $200,000 that will support multiple automotive refinish programs and students around the country. Donations went to schools that demonstrate a strong curriculum for educating students in collision repair, but need assistance due to strained school budgets. A portion of the donated spray guns will also be available through an upcoming Collision Repair Education Foundation Student Scholarship & Tool Grant program set to begin in early 2020.

BASF also raised money for CREF at a private customer event during the recent 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are delighted to do our part and help build the future of these young technicians,” said Jane Niemi, Marketing Manager for BASF Refinish NA. “As an industry leader, it is our duty to partner with organizations like CREF and provide these students with the tools they need to begin a rewarding career working in automotive refinish.”

Since 1994, BASF has supported the efforts of CREF to attract talent to the refinish industry and support various educational programs around the country.


Pictured left to right: Jeff Wildman, OEM Manager for BASF; Tiffany Bulak, CREF Development and Marketing Coordinator; Jane Niemi, BASF Refinish NA Marketing Manager; Brandon Eckenrode, CREF Director of Development

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To assist automotive refinish customer searching for information about BASF products that meet the VOC limits for automotive refinish use, BASF provides Wall Charts that list the products that are compliant with the automotive refinish VOC regulations in specific regions in North America (country, province, state, air districts). It is the responsibility of the purchaser/end-user to ensure they know and understand the regulations for their specific region, industry, application and end use and ensure that the products that they are using are compliant with all applicable regulatory requirements and any permits specific to their business.

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