American Coatings CONFERENCE 2018


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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.


Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN


April 9 – 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
April 10 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
April 11 – 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Call for Papers:

Abstracts Accepted July 1 – Sept. 27, 2017

Attendee Registration:

Oct. 2, 2017


Opens Oct. 2, 2017


Bettina Hoffmann
Vincentz Network


The AC CONFERENCE 2018 Program is now available!
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Registration is now open for the AC CONFERENCE 2018!

Meet the ACC 2018 Keynoter

Dr. Barry Snyder, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Axalta Coating Systems, will deliver the keynote address at the American Coatings CONFERENCE on April 9 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Prior to joining Axalta, Dr. Snyder was senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Orion Engineered Carbons, where he was responsible for global R&D and quality assurance. Orion’s carbon black products play a key role in the manufacture of paints and coatings as well as plastics, printing inks, adhesives, sealants and tires.

From 2008 through 2012, Dr. Snyder was vice president, Marketing and Technology, and chief technology officer at H.B. Fuller Company, where he oversaw 15 laboratories on four continents. At Celanese, between 2007 and 2008, he was global technology director for the company’s Emulsions and Polyvinyl Alcohol Division. From 1990 to 2006, he held a number of positions of increasingly broad scope and responsibility at Rohm and Haas.

Dr. Snyder holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Temple University, and B.S. and M.S degrees in chemistry from Emory University.

Mattiello Lecture

Ray Fernando, Ph.D., of California Polytechnic State University, will deliver the Mattiello Lecture on April 11, during the AC CONFERENCE 2018.

The address, entitled “Rheological and Colloidal Aspects of Latex-Associative Thickener Formulations: Overcoming the Remaining Challenges,” will be given on the final day of the conference.

Fernando is the occupant of the Arthur C. Edwards Endowed Chair in Coatings Technology and Ecology within the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at California Polytechnic State University since 2002.  He is also the director of Cal Poly’s Kenneth N Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 from North Dakota State University in Polymers and Coatings, emphasizing studies in the coating rheology field.  He has fifteen years of industrial experience in coatings.

Conference Awards

American Coatings AWARD

The prestigious American Coatings AWARD will be bestowed upon the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings CONFERENCE. Selected and sponsored by the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network, it is presented with a $2,500 cash award along with an attractive sculpture. The winner of the American Coatings AWARD 2018 will be presented at the 2018 plenary program.

Mattiello Award

The Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture was designed to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology, and engineering related to the coatings industry. The lecturer will present a paper on a phase of chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer or other related protective and decorative coatings. In order to be eligible for this award, one must be nominated.


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