Conference Information

The American Coatings CONFERENCE brings industry professionals together to expand their knowledge of the latest technology trends for the coatings industry. Sharpen your skills by attending the pre-conference tutorials, gain valuable insight during in-depth conference sessions, and network with peers at this vital industry event.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
8:00 am – 9:30 am Pre-Conference Tutorials 1-5
9:30 am – 10:00 am Networking: Coffee Break
10:00 am – 11:30 pm Pre-Conference Tutorials 6-10
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Networking: Welcome Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Plenary Session: Welcome Address and Conference Introduction, Keynote Presentation, Award Ceremony.
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session 1: Powder Coatings
Session 2: Wood Coatings
Session 3: Functional and Smart Coatings
Session 4: Novel Materials
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Poster Session and  Networking Reception (held on the show floor)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
 7:15 am – 8:30 am  5K Fun Run to support student participation at AC CONFERENCES
 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 5: Architectural Coatings I
Session 6: Polyurethanes 
Session 7: Radiation Curing
Session 8: Measuring & Testing I
 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Networking: Lunch on the show floor
 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Session 9: Architectural Coatings II
Session 10: Protective Coatings
Session 11: Waterbased Coatings
Session 12: Measuring & Testing II
Thursday, April 2, 2020
 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Session 13: Direct-to-Metal
Session 14: Appearance and Functionality
Session 15: Experimental Design and Concepts
Session 16: Biobased Coatings
 12:00 pm Light Lunch (held on the show floor)

AC Conference 2020 Program

Access the AC CONFERENCE 2020 Program online or download the PDF (click on the image on the left). Use this valuable resource to plan which sessions you will attend, make note of speakers, review topics for the poster session and make the best of your time at this must-attend event!

Pre-Conference Tutorials

Tuesday, March 31, 2020,  8:30 — 11:30 am

Plenary Session

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:15 pm


Steve Sides, ACA
                           Sonja Schulte, Vincentz Network

Keynote Presentation

Tuesday, March 31, 12:00 pm   – 1:15 pm

Key Trends and Innovations Driving the Future of Coatings
Michael H. McGarry Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPG

Michael H. McGarry Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, PPG

Our customers are looking to the coatings industry to help them enable and differentiate their products and future innovations. From the role that coatings play on airplanes to electric vehicles to sustainable building design, our industry is increasingly relied upon to protect and beautify our customers’ products. So what’s next for the coatings industry? Where do we go from here to ensure that our products and technologies remain a critical piece to our customers’ success? There are several key trends and innovations that are pointing the way. This includes coatings that provide increased performance and functionality; improved ease of use; energy efficiency; sustainability; and enabling electric and autonomous mobility. These trends are driving innovation and major changes to our industry, and we must take the lead in providing new solutions.

American Coatings Award

The prestigious American Coatings Award will be given for the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings Conference. Selected and sponsored by ACA and Vincentz Network, it is endowed with a $2,500 cash award along with an attractive sculpture. The winner of the American Coatings Award 2020 will be presented at the conference Plenary Session on March 31.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ Monica Harvey (left) and Christian Lenges (center) accept the prestigious American Coatings Award from Sonja Schulte and Steve Sides at the ACC 2018.

Poster Session

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:0 — 6:30 pm

Visit the ACS Career Center

This year’s American Coatings Show offers a Career Center for show and conference attendees. The ACS Career Centerhelps job seekers and employers make connections, by offering a platform for online resume and job searches and scheduling face-to-face interviews. Visit for details, or stop by the Career Center on the show floor.


All you need to know

Your Key Contacts

Vincentz Network:
Bettina Hoffmann
Phone: +49 511 9910-271
For U.S. calls: 202-684-6630

American Coatings Association:
Steve Sides
Phone: 202-462-6272, Ext. 225

Conference Website

Trade Show
Cameron Hames
Trade ShowManager
AC Media
Phone: 770-727-0407

Show Website

By registering, you understand that your participation and attendance at the ACC may be filmed and/or audio recorded. You agree that the photo recording may be used for any lawful purposes that AC Media in collaboration with American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network, or its designees, in their sole discretion, may determine. You also acknowledge that you have no interest or ownership in the recording or its copyright.


American Coatings Show and
American Coatings Conference 2020
Indiana Convention Center
100 S. Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Hosted by AC Media in collaboration
with American Coatings Association
and Vincentz Network

American Coatings Association
901 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 300 West
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-462-6272

Vincentz Network
2885 Sanford Ave., S.W. #15817
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: 202-684-6630

Duration & Operating Hours
AC Show: March 31 – April 2, 2020

AC Show Hours:
March 31 – April 1, 2020: 9 am – 5 pm
                   April 2, 2020: 9 am – 1 pm

American Coatings Show Registration
Register online at:



The cancellation deadline is March 22, 2020.
All cancellations must be received in writing by
March 22, 2020, to receive a refund, minus $100
processing fee. Refund requests received after
March 22, 2020, will not be honored. All refund
requests are processed post-show. Substitutions
are welcome instead of cancellation anytime,
free of charge.

Hotel Reservation
Hotel accommodations are not included in the
registration fees. Reservations will be handled by
our service partner Eventsphere. They have been
designated as the only housing provider of this event.
There are fraudulent companies and
organizations that may try to present themselves
as official ACC/ACS partners and offer potential
rooms that might not be guaranteed or available.
Please make your hotel reservation as soon
as possible. Due to the concurrent American
Coatings Show, the demand for hotel rooms
is high. To secure your hotel of choice and to
get special ACC/ACS housing rates, please visit and
click on “Hotel Reservations.”

Visa Information
Please keep in mind that international attendees
might need to obtain a visa for visiting the
United States. To obtain a letter of invitation from
the organizer, please contact the visitor service of
AC Media at:

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American Coatings Conference Registration
Fees include:

–Admittance to the Conference Day(s) booked
–Conference Proceedings–List of Conference Attendees
–Permanent Exhibition Ticket
–Conference Lunch and Coffee Breaks


Pre-Conference Tutorials Registration
Fees include:
–1.5 hours interactive lecture in a small group
–Pre-Conference Tutorial Proceedings
–List of Pre-Conference Tutorial Attendees
–Permanent Exhibition Ticket

                                                                                                                        2020 FEE STRUCTURE


 Standard FeeReduced Fee*University Members
Full Conference$1099$999$499
Two-Day Pass
(any two days)
Single-Day Pass
March 31, 2020$519$489$269
April 1, 2020$589$539$319
April 2, 2020$519$489$269

Tutorials $249

*Discounts: Companies who are exhibitors at the ACS 2020 or ACA members will be given a discounted rate.

After March 27, 2020, interested attendees are asked to register onsite in Indianapolis. Please note that onsite registrations cannot be guaranteed, as conference attendance is limited. Onsite registration carries an additional fee of 10% of the conference fee for processing costs.


Free CoatingsTech Magazine Trial Subscription: All conference registrants have the option of a free trial subscription to CoatingsTech magazine! Be sure to check the box for this option when registering online.

ACS/ACC Official Magazine: CoatingsTech

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