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COATINGS FOR AFRICA Symposium and Exhibition to be Held in the Drakensberg Again

Published on 2008-02-05. Author : SpecialChem

The COATINGS FOR AFRICA Symposium and Exhibition has grown from strength to strength ever since it was first held at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg. Held every two years, it has grown from 260 delegates in 2004 to 330 delegates in 2006. An even higher attendance is expected on 19 - 21 August 2008 and registration is now open.

This is the only event that brings the South Africa coatings industry and its suppliers together in a combined symposium and exhibition. It is organised jointly by the two industry bodies, OCCA and SAPMA (Oil and Colour Chemists' Association and SA Paint Manufacturers' Association). Speakers of international standing and reputation help to draw the decision-makers in the paint, ink and adhesive industries together at this scenic venue. This encourages attendance by the exhibitors, who were very satisfied with the 2006 event. One of the important reasons for the success of the Exhibition is the fact that it is set up in such a way that delegates need to walk through the Exhibition to have teas and lunches, giving exhibitors maximum exposure. Diederik Viljoen of Protea Speciality Chemicals commented: "We were very pleased by the response to our stand at Coatings for Africa 2006 and will definitely book space for this year's event. It is a great opportunity to meet new and existing customers in an informal setting. Great to spend time with them on the golf course too."

A golf tournament is arranged for the day prior to the symposium at the Champagne Sports Resort's highly acclaimed golf course. The quality of the course together with its the majestic backdrop of the Drakensberg ensure a fully-booked field and many attractive prizes are up for grabs. There are many sponsorship opportunities available for sponsoring companies to consider, both at the golf and at the Symposium itself.

The theme for the Symposium will be "PROFITABLE SOLUTIONS FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD". Papers to be presented will provide delegates with information and opportunities that could lead to increased profitability and will address the challenges facing the coatings industry in the near future. Papers have been invited which deal with any aspect of Surface Coatings and Inks such as raw materials, manufacture, formulation, testing, quality control, application, colour, corrosion, environment, education and training.

Source: OCCA (Oil and Colour Chemists Association)

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