PC Symposium

The PC Summit has perennially brought together the industry’s greatest minds in powder coating to exchange ideas on the next generation of coating technology. The PC Symposium expands its reach to include top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. We do this in response to a revitalized energy we have seen at the university and scientific research levels. 

Therefore, in addition to our always fine array of the industry’s engineers and formulators, we have also invited the top researchers from the world’s preeminent coatings institutes. Attendees will not only be enlightened with emerging powder technology that promises to change finishing processes, but also to the fundamental research feeding these advancements.

Two Day Event:

>> Day One: The morning consists of an introductory Short Course designed for the novice professional. Topics include Resin Chemistry and Performance, Manufacturing Process, Fundamentals of Application, Curing Techniques and Troubleshooting.

>> Evening Day One: A networking session encompassing table top exhibits, student posters, refreshments and appetizers.

>> Day Two: Central to our symposium theme day two boasts a dazzling body of industry and research experts who will deliver papers on the latest technology ranging from pretreatment chemistry to novel resin chemistry and curing techniques.

The PC Symposium brings you face to face with the prominent experts in the powder coating industry for two full days of intensive dialogue.

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AGENDA (click here to view a printable version of the agenda)

Tuesday, October 13 - The Fundamentals of Powder Coating Technology
8:00am - 8:45am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45am - 9:00am Welcome & Announcements
9:00am - 10:00am

Introduction to Powder Coating Chemistry & Performance
Kevin Biller, The Powder Coating Research Group

10:00am - 10:35am Best Practices in Effective Powder Coating Operations
Michael Wittenhagen, Axalta Coating Systems

10:35am - 10:50am Networking Refreshment Break
10:50am - 11:50am

Application Technology Fundamentals
Ken Kreeger, Nordson Corporation

11:50am - 12:30pm

Cure – Optimizing, Analyzing, and Confirming
Stephen Larson, Bigfork Research

12:30pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:45pm - 4:00pm Hands-On Demonstration:  The Powder Coating Research Group Labratory
Across the Street from the Westin

4:30pm - 7:00pm Networking Reception:  Table-Top Exhibits
Wednesday, October 14 - A Symposium of the Latest Developments in Powder Coatings
7:30am - 8:15am Continental Breakfast
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome & Announcements
8:30am - 9:05am

Keynote Presentation - The Brain Drain in the Powder Coating Industry: What Can be Done?
Paul Mills, Consultant

9:05am - 9:40am The ABC's of Phosphate Free
Larry Ensley, Hubbard-Hall

9:40am - 10:15am Fluoropolymer Powder Coatings Latest Advancements
Kristin Blankenship, AGC America

10:15am - 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am - 11:05am The Next Generation of Powder Coatings for MDF
Tony Varda, IGP Powder Coatings

11:05am - 11:40am Metallic Pigments for Architectural Powder Coatings
Joachim Schulze, Schlenk AG

11:40am - 12:30pm Networking Lunch
12:35pm - 1:20pm Panel Discussion:  Obstacles to Innovation in Powder Coating Technology
Kevin Biller, Moderator - Panel to be Determined

1:20pm - 1:55pm Developments in Inspection Instruments and Paperless Q&A
David Beamish, DeFelsko

1:55pm - 2:30pm Rewiring the Concept of Powder Flow
John Yin, Freeman Technology

2:30pm - 2:45pm Networking Break
2:45pm - 3:20pm An Easy Way of Improving Impact Resistance of Superduable Polyesters
Hongli Wang PhD, DuPont

3:20pm - 3:55pm UV Curable Powder Coating Research
Subadhra Janardhanan, University of Akron

3:55pm- 4:30pm One Shot Matte Polyester Technology
Alison, Koviak, Stepan

All events except the hands-on demonstration will be held at the Westin Hotel, Columbus, OH.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lori Koning at lkoning@powdercoating.org.

For speaking opportunities, please contact Kevin Biller at kevinbiller@yahoo.com.

Registration Rates:

You may register for the Full Conference which includes presentations and lab both days and the networking reception the first evening.  You may also register for either Tuesday only or Wednesday only conference sessions.  Both one day conference registrations include the evening networking event on Tuesday.

Full Conference Registration:  $495 PCI Members / $595 Non-Member
Tuesday Only Registration:  $249 PCI Members / $299 Non-Member
Wednesday Only Registration:  $249 PCI Members / $299 Non-Member

Group Discount: Register 3 or more attendees from the same company and save!  Full conference discount is $100 and One Day Conference Discount is $50 per person.  To take advantage of the group discount, please contact Leslie Muck at 859-525-9988 to register.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing at least seven (7) days prior to the event start date will receive a full refund minus a $125 administration fee.  Cancellations received after this point will not be refunded, however registration can be transferred to another person within the same company for the same workshop. 

(Need help with our new online registration system? Click here to download a brief users' guide.)


Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 

PCI is holding a block of rooms at the Westin Columbus for $144 plus tax per night.  Room reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-Westin1 or 614-228-3800 and referencing the Group Code: PCF21B.  Room reservations must be made by October 2, 2015.