Bossauto is a Body & Paint Annexes manufacturer and distributer. The company has provided for over 30 years all that a body shop might need except from the paint. Over the past years it has started a strong internationalization process, and now you can find distributors of the Bossauto brand, not only in Europe but also in North & South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. Bossauto is well known by being a manufacturer of Masking Foam and trim tape as well as painting system and antistatic guns between other products. Interview with Jaime Asens De Ramon, Export Area Manager at Bossauto. Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? Jaime Asens De Ramon: The Manufacture and distribution of Body & Paint Annexes. Masking Materials, Tools, Protection Material, Painting & antistatic Guns, Clear Coats & Hardeners, Putties, Abrasives, filters etc. E.E: What’s the news about new products? J.A.D.R: This Last year Bossauto has innovated in the market presenting new products such as: The Line Tracer, a tool to mark the curve lines before you sand the car so that you know exactly where the angle changes and till what point you need to sand. The Fast Mirror Copy, a very useful kit to change the anagrams of the car and put them back on the same spot. This allows you to have the letters the same minute you need them and you don’t need to purchase new letters thus saving you money and time. The Symmetric Tape, which is a tape that makes the function of 3 Products in 1, masking Foam, Trim Tape and Masking Tape. Bossauto has also made improvements in existing products such as the Headlight Renovation kit. E.E: What are the ranges of products? J.A.D.R: The catalogue counts with more than 1.000 different references. We differentiate by families of products, where you can find: Masking Products, Materials for plastics, Polishing and accessories, Tools, Fillers, Security Materials, Sealing tools, technical annexes, Spray Guns, Acrylics, Technical Sprays and Spray booth materials. E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? J.A.D.R: The market is in a stage of regrowth. The economic indicators of consumption as well as the patterns that we can see in the usage of material of the clients and final customers indicate that the market suffered a bit of a halt at the beginning of the year when uncertainty was high, and now seems to be correcting itself into a normalized pattern of consumption. The market has seen a recuperation and expansion since covid times. Although it has slowed down in neighboring countries to Ukraine due to the war, seems that is going back to normal in a steady manner. The shipping situation seems to be normalizing, prices of shipping having dropped a bit, although there is still runway to lower them further back to 2019 costs. The market seems also to be expanding due to the increase of the second-hand cars, as well as new deals of cooperation with big partners. As a summary we might be able to see a complete normalization of the market by the end of Q1 2023. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? J.A.D.R: We are seeing a trend to an increase of usage of European manufactured goods. We are also seeing that the R&D in new products or in modernizing old ones has increased exponentially. Firms have realized that they need to provide technological advances a part from a good service to the customer to gain a piece of pie from the market. The test to this is the many Innovations that were presented in all the tradeshows this year, Bossauto included having presented the Fast Mirror Copy. We are also seeing an increase in knowledge of the field, where before there were many specialist under one roof, now there are less people who have a wider knowledge of the processes and products in general. E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? J.A.D.R: At The moment the most innovative products that we have presented are the Fast Mirror Copy, the line tracer and the Symmetric Tape. E.E: What estimations do you have for the rest of 2022? J.A.D.R: The estimation for the 2022 is a closure of a good year. All the tradeshows and fairs have come back and many new contacts and ideas have been shared giving us a refresh spirit and loads of opportunities. This is why we believe that we will be able to close the year achieving our goals and increasing the number of partners that we have all over the world making our firm more international and being one step closer to every user.