Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
March 20-22, 2017 | Cleveland, OH | Westin Cleveland Downtown
Through a series of special lectures from notable industry experts, focused technical sessions aimed at fully exploring key topics, and critical advanced training sessions, the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference offered an unprecedented opportunity for all levels of coatings professionals to participate and learn from each other.
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2017 Conference Review
ACA’s 2017 CoatingsTech Conference was a remarkable success, bringing together a record-setting 310 attendees at the coatings industry’s leading technical event. Embracing the conference theme “Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow,” individuals from coatings manufacturing companies, their suppliers, universities, and government shared technological advances, and information on topics critical to the coatings industry, including the regulatory landscape.
|Lipiin Sung, Physicist, NIST Polymeric Group||Prior to conference kick-off, on the morning of March 20, ACA hosted a series of specially designed short courses and open forums addressing both the fundamentals and emerging developments in coatings technology. These included: “Coatings ‘101’: An Introduction,” “Paint Film Defects – Assessing Problems and Aligning Solutions,”“Weathering and Service Life: Challenges for Innovation,” “Smart & Multi-Functional Coatings,” “R&D Management – Giving Projects the Go: From Fostering Ideas to Finding Funding,” and “Special Challenges in R&D”|
David Bem, vice president of Science & Technology and chief technology officer at PPG, provided the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference keynote address, in which he discussed current and emerging markets and touched on the impact of regulatory trends on those markets. Bem emphasized that innovation at scale requires collaboration and the need to manage a product through its full life cycle. For that to happen, it is important to achieve sustainability by design — from the initial formulation to selection of raw materials, consideration of application methods and then the end-users’ needs, and exemplified how PPG has met this challenge.
The conference award presentations took place on Tuesday morning, the second day of the technical conference, recognizing both students and professionals for their innovative work in coatings technology.
|CoatingsTech Best Paper Award
The inaugural CoatingsTech Best Paper Award was presented to Kurt Wood, principal scientist at Arkema, for his paper titled “Evaluation of the ASTM D7869-13 Test Method to Predict the Gloss and Color Retention of Premium Architectural Finishes.” Wood undertook this endeavor, the results of which were offered in his paper, selected as the conference’s best. A cash prize accompanied the CoatingsTech Best Paper Award.
Student Poster Session Awards
Closing the first day of the technical conference, the Student Poster session provided a forum for students involved in coatings research. This poster competition offered a non-commercial arena for new ideas and techniques, and showcase for preliminary results related to chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer, or related protective and decorative coatings. This was a breakthrough opportunity for young people pursuing industry study.
Regulatory & Sustainability Focus Session
The 2017 CoatingsTech Conference concluded with a full-day special session exploring the coatings industry’s role in meeting regulatory and sustainability challenges that support end users.
|ACA’s Raleigh Davis addressed “The New TSCA”||10 other speakers included leaders from regulatory agencies, coatings industry compliance experts, and staff from ACA’s Government Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety divisions. They addressed topics ranging from new predictive methods for demonstrating safety of chemical technology, to details of the ongoing implementation process of the updated federal Toxic Substances Control Act.|
The Regulatory & Sustainability Focus Session was offered as part of the overall CoatingsTech Conference, but single-day attendance was also an option. Approximately 150 people attended this groundbreaking session that complemented the conference’s technical focus.