President's Welcome


Dear fellow SSPC Members and Coatings Professionals,

Florida, the Sunshine State, is never a bad place to be in winter. So it is my great honor to personally invite you to join me, other members and the SSPC staff for the SSPC 2017 conference and exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Flordia, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2017.

At, you will find more information about this year’s conference highlights, including the following.

  • The Exhibit Floor, where you can talk directly to suppliers of abrasives, coating materials, application equipment, inspection equipment, professional services and so much more.
  • An extensive Training Program Schedule, developed to tutor coating professionals ranging from blasters and painters, inspectors, consultants, to engineers and facility-owners in the various facets of our ever-involving coatings industry.
  • The Technical Program will include over 100 presentations, lectures, discussion panels and demonstrations, often combined around a specific theme.
  • Following up on previous successful Young Professionals programs, this year we will again facilitate several activities geared towards helping students and young professionals find their way in this industry, but also aimed at learning what SSPC can do better for young professionals.
  • Committee Meetings: During our annual conference, all Technical Committees with work in progress will meet to discuss the further development of standards, guidelines and other policies. As an SSPC member you can register to participate on such committees that primarily operate online, but the conference is always a good opportunity to meet the fellow committee members in person—yet another great way to network and learn more about topics that make you tick.
  • And last but not least, there will be several Guest Tours to allow your family members traveling with you to enjoy the nature, climate and culture of Florida.

This year I especially hope to see many international attendees as our organization further spreads its wings globally. The world gets smaller every day, and whatever developments occur in North America are bound to affect the industry worldwide and vice-versa. This is not just a North American conference anymore.

For conference regulars, I'm looking forward to seeing you again. For those of you who have not yet attended, give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

I sincerely look forward to seeing you in Tampa soon!

Sincerely yours,

Gunnar Ackx

Gunnar Ackx
SSPC President


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Certifications and standards; Conferences; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; SSPC; SSPC 2017; Worker training

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