Where We've Been; Where We Are Going
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015
The success of any association depends on its members’
involvement. A great place to start in getting involved with
The Powder Coating Institute is to serve on a committee.
It is the perfect place to have your voice heard within the
industry. Where do you fit? Where can you make an impact?
PCI’s committees met at our annual meeting in September.
Take a look at the summaries below to see where you
might fit best. Then, call us at 800-988-COAT to get started.
We need you. And when our members benefit, the entire
The committee planned about 20 events for the 2015
calendar, which included Powder 101 and 202 Workshops
around the country as well as numerous webinars. The
committee ensures that presentation materials and exam
questions are updated. In addition, they established the
foundations of the Roadshow Program. The Program will
be presented to numerous associations as conference materials
to promote the benefits of powder coating.
Preliminary efforts are underway to establish an individual
certification program for applicators.
For 2016, a similar training calendar is in the works in
addition to launching the Roadshow Program.
This committee has successfully managed our PCI
tradeshows over the years, which included site selection
and special events, in addition to the conference presentations
and speaker selection. Beginning in 2016, this committee
will work under the Education and Development
committee as the Events Subcommittee.
Their initial work in this new structure will be to
oversee the Powder Coating 2016 Technical Conference in
Atlanta, GA in April.
Historically, this committee has worked with other
organizations such as ASTM, EPA, and OSHA by providing
technical and application information on powder coatings,
such as test methods and performance capabilities. Many
of this committee’s responsibilities over the years have been
absorbed by other committees. However, more recently this
committee oversees the PCI scholarship program and has
awarded three this year.
This committee assists PCI by actively promoting the
awareness and appreciation of powder coating. In addition
to supporting the association in the publication of communication
materials, this year they launched the PCI Cost Estimator,
a liquid to powder cost estimator as a mobile app.
For 2016, they are working on generating a Why Powder
commercial video for B2B and B2C markets. They have a
list of new, fresh ideas for promoting powder coating
As the committee that defines member benefits, this
team supports membership growth, such as with their targeted OEM and Custom Coater growth program. This
resulted in 26 new custom coaters and 19 new OEM
members in the last year (also, six new supplier members).
Members of this committee also produce the Membership
Memo column in each issue of Powder Coated
Tough. The membership committee is actively developing
category specific member benefit values that may be more
clearly articulated to members as well as assisting existing
members to take advantage of services, networking and
marketing opportunities provided by PCI.
In 2016, there will be reviews of member retention efforts,
member value package, and our database structure.
This committee has recently worked on re-establishing
the guidelines for our quarterly statistical reports. Our
powder producing and application equipment members
participate in this report effort.
A new summary document explaining this process is
almost complete. In addition, this group will help pursue
a plan to generate more accurate market data through
PCI resources on a regular basis, worldwide, in an effort to establish PCI as the global resource for powder coating
This committee is actively looking for new members,
so step up in 2016 and help them out.
This committee has completed and obtained the Board
of Director’s approval for the document: A Consumer’s Guide
to TGIC in Powder Coatings.
They are currently working on An Applicator’s Guide to
TGIC in Powder Coatings. They work with ASTM, OSHA,
NFPA, and ISO, a real value on behalf of our membership.
The Custom Coater committee has worked this past year
to set up a new Resource Center for PCI’s educational materials,
beginning with our library of Tech Briefs. Work will be
done in the next several months to update the Tech Briefs.
The Resource Center will house the updated Tech Briefs and
continue to be a repository for many of our additional documents.
This team also works on the planning of the annual
Custom Coater Forum held in Las Vegas each year.
In an effort to broaden their voice in PCI in 2016, this
committee plans to generate a quarterly newsletter/eblast to
highlight custom coater members, best practices, and promote
greater participation from this member group.