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Director's Message: It’s Show Time! If You Do Powder, this Show Is for YOU!

Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2013

By Dave Lurie

From October 8-10 in St. Louis, the only Powder Coating Show in the world will be held! Sponsored and run by The Powder Coating Institute (PCI®), the 2013 Powder Coating Show is a Who’s Who of companies devoted to the sale of powder coating material, equipment, supplies and services. The show boasts the largest and most comprehensive technical program for powder coating, designed to educate professionals who are currently engaged in the business as well as those who are considering using powder coating in the future. The 48 hours of programming, including two sessions entirely in Spanish, was conceived and organized by the ARE Committee of The Powder Coating Institute.

The technical program is developed around four tracks—Surface Preparation, including Pre-Treatment; Powder Coating and Quality Control; Optimizing Your Powder Coating Operation; and Innovations in Powder Coating. (For detailed session descriptions and more show coverage, see page 36.)

But, the 2013 Powder Coating Show is not just about the technical conference and the exhibitors from around the world. It is about networking with colleagues— informal discussions over food and drink provided by the show organizers to talk about mutual challenges and opportunities.

The 2013 Powder Coating Show is unlike most other trade shows—not just because it is the only show for the powder coating market—but also because of the additional networking and learning opportunities. For example, in the middle of the show is a Solutions Center, sponsored by Intellifinishing, and staffed by experts who can answer the most challenging questions attendees present.

For the second year in a row, there will be a live Auction— this year, for the benefit of the new Powder Coating Institute Scholarship Fund—which will be exciting and a great benefit to students looking to enter the powder coating market (auction sponsored by DSM). For race car enthusiasts, there will be live races with high speed model cars around an oval racetrack, presented by sponsors Gema, Axalta, Echo Supply,, TCI Powder and Reliant Finishing. On behalf of the PCI® staff, I want to thank all of the exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, speakers and committee volunteers who have worked so hard to put on this show. It is our intent to continue to offer a show and conference that is targeted to professionals who are engaged in the business of powder coating and to those who are thinking about using a finish that is Stronger… Greener…Better… powder coating! See you in St. Louis!!

Dave Lurie Executive Director, PCI®