BASF Coatings has opened a new training center for automotive refinishing in Toluca, Mexico. The new Refinish Competence Centre (RCC) is located in the Toluca Vesta Park industrial area in Mexico State. Approximately 500 customers per year will undergo training there in the future, the company said. The training courses support the BASF Coatings’ automotive refinish brands available in Mexico. The company now has a network of approximately 50 RCCs throughout the world. The Refinish Competence Centres are state-of-the-art information and training centers for spraypainters from all over the world. More than 10,000 participants per year attend courses at the centers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions alone. The RCC in Mexico is the fourth new center to be opened within the past two-plus years. In 2010, a training center was opened at the Montataire site in France for approximately 400 customers per year. Prior to that, the 2,000-square meter RCC was inaugurated in Münster in 2009, and in late 2008, a training center was opened in Shanghai to serve roughly 600 refinish specialists per year. BASF said the need for more training centers is rising.