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Western Coatings Show Gears Toward Manufacturers

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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This year's Western Coatings Symposium began Sunday (Oct. 15) and continues through Oct. 18, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The biennial event aims to provide educational and networking opportunities for technical individuals involved in the development and manufacturing of coatings.

Presentors and Presentations

Events kicked off Monday with opening remarks from John Berghuis, the winner of the 2016 Samson-Adler Award, and keynote speaker John Gilbert, Chief Research and Development Officer of Behr Process Corporation, Masco Coatings Group, who presented “The Ever-Changing World of Architectural Coatings.”

A panel also took place on Monda, titled, "Creating Opportunities by Game-Changing Transformation in an Increasingly Competitive World."

Tuesday's keynote will be presented by James Ray, senior consultant for ICIS, entitled: "Working Optimize the Bottom Line."

Tuesday (Oct. 16) will see a number of academic research presentations, including:

  • "Graphene Oxide Polyurethane Composite for Increased Corrosion Resistance," presented by Kyle Aidukas;
  • "Inherently Antimicrobial Polymers and Coatings," presented by Breanna Arellano; and
  • "Film Formation Studies of Reactive Latexes" presented by Jeremy Armas. 

There will also be a student poster segment presented by students from Cal Poly SLO, which covers topics such as "Predicting the Optical Properties of Polymers for Coatings Applications" and "Controlling and Characterizing the Surface Morphology of Polymer Blends and Copolymers."

Technical presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday to note include:

  • "Ambient Cure Silicone Resin Technology for High Temperature & Corrosion Resistant Coatings," by Jenafer Jensen, Technical Service, Architectural and Industrial Coatings, Dow Corning Corporation;
  • "Solutions for enhanced functionalities in industrial and protective coatings," by Wolfgang Geuking, Technology Development Manager, Croda Inc.;
  • "Titanium Dioxide and Protective Coatings," by Thomas Hanna,Senior Technical Service Consultant, Titanium Technologies, The Chemours Company; and
  • "Low VOC, Easily Removable, Water-Based Corrosion Protective Coating," by Nima Hakim-Elahi - Technical Manager, Lubrizol Advanced Materials.

There are also nearly 150 companies represented in the exhibition hall, many of which will be displaying or demonstrating productsm, including Arkema's "Polymer Developments for Deck Restoration Products” to “Hydrophobic Emulsion Polymers for Water-Resistant Coating."

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Tagged categories: Arkema Inc.; AS; Asia Pacific; Clariant; Conferences; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Latin America; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; SA

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