David Bem to Deliver Keynote Address at ACA’s 2017 CoatingsTech Conference

CoatingsTechWashington, D.C., Nov. 10, 2016 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is pleased to announce that David Bem, vice president of Science & Technology and chief technology officer at PPG, will deliver the keynote address at its CoatingsTech Conference, March 20-22, 2017, at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio. The CoatingsTech Conference provides a forum for sharing the most innovative technologies and applications shaping the industry, as well as regulatory trends through a series of focused technical sessions, short courses, and advanced training sessions. The 2017 conference will embrace the theme, “Meeting the Sustainability Challenges of Today and Tomorrow.”

At PPG, Bem oversees innovation across a portfolio of key segments to drive adoption of new paint and coatings offerings in products ranging from automobiles and airplanes to electronics and home care goods.

Bem began his career at UOP, a Honeywell Company, where his work was centered on the synthesis and applications of zeolites and microporous materials. In 2000, he became R&D director of Torial, a subsidiary of UOP, and developed and commercialized high-throughput tools for heterogeneous catalysis. In 2002, Bem joined Celanese Corporation as R&D director for acetyls, oxygenates, and acetone derivatives, where he was responsible for advancements in acetic acid and vinyl acetate technologies. In 2005, he became a member of the Celanese Corporate Executive Committee and R&D director for Engineering Polymers/Ticona. Bem joined Dow Chemical in 2007 as the R&D leader for Hydrocarbons & Energy, Alternative Feedstocks and Basic Chemicals, and a year later became R&D director for Dow Automotive. Later, he served as R&D director for Core R&D, leading early-stage exploration of disruptive technologies and development of new businesses. Bem became vice president of R&D for Dow’s Advanced Materials business and was later named vice president, R&D Consumer Solutions and Infrastructure Solutions. He joined PPG in November 2015.

Bem earned his B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia University and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds nine U.S. patents and has authored more than 20 publications, and is a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.

In addition to the keynote address, the CoatingsTech Conference will include the Mattiello Lecture, CoatingsTech Best Paper Award, Student Presenter and Poster Award presentations, Short Courses, and feature a multi-track forum for all professionals in the coatings industry, including a day-long regulatory-focused program.

For more information on the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference, visit https://www.paint.org/2017-coatingstech-conference/.

About ACA
The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services. To learn more, visit www.paint.org.

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.8 billion in 2015. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.