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BASF is only Auto Refinish Supplier with all of its Instructors Accredited by AMI

Published on 2004-11-10. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) announced that BASF is the only automotive refinish paint company in North America to have all of its training instructors earn the organization's prestigious Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.

To earn accreditation, each BASF instructor completed 120 hours of training in the management of a collision repair business. The training, which was conducted by professional AMI instructors, covered topics such as marketing and sales, operations and service, management and administration, financial management, and personnel and human resource development.

"The Automotive Management Institute is acknowledged as the foremost provider of management training for the automotive service industry," said Jay Johnston, Manager of Training and Development for BASF's Automotive Refinish Coatings business in North America. "By completing its Accredited Automotive Manager curriculum, our instructors have demonstrated a mastery of important business management principles that challenge most owners and managers of collision repair businesses."

According to Johnston, the AMI training has given the instructors a deeper understanding of what it takes to operate an automotive service business - including the paint shop - successfully.

"When combined with their proven instructional skills and experience, this newly gained management knowledge will enable our instructors to improve the quality and depth of management training offered to BASF customers, insurance company personnel and others that enroll in our courses. BASF has long been a leader in both technical and business management training for the refinish industry. Having all of our instructors earn AMI accreditation will raise the quality and relevance of our courses to a new level," said Johnston.

"Anytime an industry professional puts forth the effort to achieve the AAM designation, it's truly an accomplishment. The dedicated pursuit by the BASF instructors to attain this objective speaks to their commitment to offering targeted, high-quality training to our industry," said Toni Slaton, AMI's Executive Director. "We congratulate BASF on being the first company to achieve this goal."

BASF instructors are based in 11 regional training centers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. We employ about 11,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $9 billion in 2003.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company. Our goal is to grow profitably and further increase the value of our company. We help our customers to be more successful through intelligent system solutions and high-quality products. BASF's portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. Through new technologies we can tap into additional market opportunities. We conduct our business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2003, BASF had sales of approximately $42 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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