Mazda employee Takeshi Tsutsumi wins the gold medal in the car painting at the 40th WorldSkills Competition

Mazda Motor employee Takeshi Tsutsumi won the gold medal in the car painting category at the 40th WorldSkills competition held from September 1-6, 2009, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The car painting skills competition involves performing repairs to the vehicle body, parts, garnish, and painting. The use of filler, such as putty, to perform surface repairs, as well as sanding, and surface polishing, are also evaluated during the competition. Tsutsumi was a member of the Japanese delegation competing at this year’s WorldSkills event.

WorldSkills is an international competition which was inaugurated in 1950 as an arena for young craftspeople aged 22 years or younger to compete in areas of trade and technology. The goal of the competition is to assist participating nations in promoting job training and improving technical skills. This year, contestants from 50 countries vied to be the world’s best.