The 2017 ECS attracted 1,135 exhibitors from 49 countries and 30,198 trade visitors – a new record – from around the globe.
The conference filled seven halls and offered more than 140 presentations.
“The number of exhibitors from abroad was more than 100 higher than at the previous event,” said Amanda Beyer, director event management at Vincentz Network. “This represented unusually strong growth in the international nature of the exhibition.”
The keynote speech at the Plenary Session was given by Renaud Nicolaÿ, a researcher from the École Supérieure de Physiques et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris who studies covalent bonds and their potential applications.
This year the ECS will take place March 19-21.
European Coatings Conference
The European Coatings Conference will be held in conjunction with the ECS. The Conference, which takes place March 18-19, will offer an insight into the latest research results from scientific institutes and universities and information on changes in the market for raw materials, and will also provide an ideal opportunity to network with the recognized heavyweights in the sector.
It will feature 144 technical presentations. The schedule will be divided into 24 parallel sessions. The sessions will cover traditional topics such as pigments, powder coatings, waterborne coatings and architectural coatings, as well as topics from allied industries, such as printing inks, adhesives and sealants and construction chemicals.
The keynote speech in the plenary session will be given by Professor Markus Antonietti, managing director at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces. He will discuss the latest approaches and processes for the manufacture of monomers, solvents, plasticizers and hardenable oligomer systems from wood-like waste products. He will look at aspects including consideration of life cycle from the perspective of sustainability and will explain low-cost methods of extending the by-products bioethanol, lignin and sugar for the needs of the coatings industry.
Ten additional pre-congress tutorials on March 17. These optional courses will provide basic knowledge on the formulation of different paints and coatings and will offer an initial insight into trends like functionality and environmental protection.
European Coatings Show
The European Coatings Show will offer manufacturers of paints and coatings, adhesives, sealants, printing inks and constructions chemicals, suppliers of raw materials and industrial processors a unique platform to meet industry experts and learn about the latest technologies being offered for the paint and coating industry.
The ECS will expand to eight exhibition halls and will showcase the latest developments for the manufacture of paints and coatings. It will offer experts, decision-makers and visionaries even more space to share ideas with fellow professionals.
By expanding the venue, the organizers are responding to strong demand from the exhibiting companies, whose presentations include raw materials for paint, coating, sealant and adhesive manufacture, laboratory and manufacturing equipment, testing and measuring devices, and the associated services.
A key highlight at this year’s event includes:
• Spotlight on UV and UV-LED curing and sustainable formulations. Suppliers of raw materials for paints, printing inks and adhesives, and intermediate products for construction chemistry and the associated services will have their wares on display in six exhibition halls in 2019. Two more halls will bring together laboratory and production facilities, testing and measuring devices, and the fields of environmental protection and industrial safety.
For more information go to www.european-coatings-show.com.