Body & Paint World Championships

Automechanika Body & Paint World Championships

Automechanika held the first international Paint & Bodywork Competition in the history of the fair. German paint and bodywork professionals competed for a place in the final at Automechanika Frankfurt Digital Plus 2021. The international jury of experts selected the international winner on 16 September and the international public winner has now also been decided!

Alexander Hagemann, a German participant, successfully beat national and international competition from England, South Africa and China with his refined hood and was awarded first place by a jury of experts. Lisa Hannover from Leipzig obviously met the taste of a broad audience with her design. Via a public voting site, she won both the German audience award and the international people's choice award.

Congratulations to the winners!

Body + Paint Stage

Alexander Hagemann is a master painter and works at Karosserie Baur in Rottenburg am Neckar.
He entered the body and paint competition at Automechanika with a well thought-out concept and an elaborated design. Filigree lettering integrated into a glazing foil technique in a black-red-gold colour gradient runs across both sides of the bonnet. The design is crowned by glittering flip-flop pigments and a chequerboard pattern reminiscent of racing flags.

Lisa Hannover

´With this design, I want to remind you of a part of German history that makes us stand here where we are today,` says Lisa Hannover about her design. 9 layers of clear coat plus one layer of matte clear coat were necessary for the final result. Among others, the techniques photo transfer, copper technique, spatula technique, airbrush and decorative foil transfer were used.

German participants are on the home stretch of the Automechanika Body & Paint competition

Günter Blümel

Günter Blümel from Vienna competes for AkzoNobel in the Body & Paint competition. The 54-year-old Blümel, managing director of Autospenglerei Blümel GmbH in Vienna, is a big fan of effect painting, which he realises with colour-intensive and creative motifs: "I already have an idea in mind for the design of the competition bonnet, I want to link Germany and Austria as well as Frankfurt and Vienna, and the two national flags will also play a role. But I don't want to reveal any more than that for now."

Here are some impressions of his work
Josephine Ellwein

It is her love of new challenges and enthusiasm for the art of paintwork that drives Josephine Ellwein, who works for the Brinnig GmbH paint and bodywork shop in Vaihingen. She will be employing glazes, wraps, and painting using HVLP, RP and airbrushing techniques, to create a car hood bearing a design inspired by the City of Frankfurt, its innovations and landmarks, and its position at the heart of Germany and Europe.

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Nick Habich, head of the workshop and the Paint & Design Centre HM Habich and Miller, is also taking part in the contest. His motif is inspired by Bavaria.

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Alexander Hagemann, master painter at Karosserie Baur in Rottenburg am Neckar, has also set his sights high. With using 16 different painting techniques and effects – one for each of Germany’s states - he refines a bonnet.

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Congratulations to the winners of the international competitions!

Winners of the Jury-Award

Anthony Fryett, Autostyl, Truro, Cornwall

Anthony Fryett, Autostyl, Truro, Cornwall

Gewinner der Jury-Awards auf der Automechanika Birmingham

Etienne Dutoit, Kansai Plascon Africa

Etienne Dutoit, Kansai Plascon Africa

Gewinner der Jury-Awards auf der Automechanika Johannesburg

Sun Xiaou Shuai, Zhongguo Baohong Automobile Sales & Service Co Ltd

Sun Xiaou Shuai, Zhongguo Baohong Automobile Sales & Service Co Ltd

Gewinner der Jury-Awards auf der Automechanika Shanghai

Audience winners

Kevin Lewis, Sunderland College

Kevin Lewis, Sunderland College

Winner of the Audience Award at Automechanika Birmingham 2019

Thomas Holder, Launch Technologies SA

Thomas Holder, Launch Technologies SA

Winner of the Audience Award at Automechanika Johannesburg 2019

Ian Lai / 赖斌, YeeToo Airbrush Design Company / 艺途(上海)企业管理有限公司

Ian Lai / 赖斌, YeeToo Airbrush Design Company / 艺途(上海)企业管理有限公司

Winner of the Audience Award at Automechanika Shanghai 2019

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‘Outstanding craftsmanship combined with creativity and a great deal of emotion – when getting ready for Automechanika 2021 in Frankfurt and at the event itself, we experience things for which there is often no time in our everyday lives. Paint is so much more than a thin coat of colour on an object, and the ways our customers demonstrate this are truly impressive. Painters’ passion and dedication in pursuit of absolute perfection are what inspire us to develop top-quality products and services.’

Tina Allhoff

‘At SATA we are driven by the desire to equip painters around the globe with the very best tools with which to pursue their trade. That is why we are especially pleased to see our products being used here, making them part of this exciting competition. We wish all the participants every success!’

Jari Pfander

‘I was very impressed with the designs presented in Birmingham. The participants of the championship managed to capture the essence of the UK’s body and paint sector: creative, skillful, diverse and bold.’

Jack Halliday, Show Director Automechanika Birmingham

‘We are so excited to be a part of this exciting competition as it gives all spray painters the opportunity to showcase their skills. We strive to be the choice in vehicle refinishing through continued research and development, introducing new product technologies as well as investment in our people and equipment. We wish all participants best of luck!’

•	Bavita Valab, Marketing Manager: Performance Coatings, Kainsai Plascon

‘All over the world, the participants in this competition are demonstrating their creativity, skill and love of their profession. It is a fascinating and wonderful experience to witness this shared passion in person. With each national event, anticipation for the grand finale at Automechanika Frankfurt 2021 continues to grow.’

Wolfgang Auer, Editor in Chief FML

‘The Automechanika show is a world-class platform for the industry, and the Body & Paint Championships offer us an excellent chance to present our products and technology.’

Kelly Shi, Marketing Manager von Yatupaint

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