In line with the changing face of Africa’s growing coatings industry, Coatings for Africa 2015 symposium and expo, taking place 11 – 13 May 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, set out to drive innovation and education in the coatings industry across the continent. To advance the technical development of the industry, Coatings for Africa have issued a call for papers for their Technical Symposium on 11 May 2015.
Following this year’s theme ‘innovation and education for success’, experts from across the world are invited to submit technical abstracts before 15 October 2014. Abstracts submitted are vetted by the Coatings for Africa Technical Committee which comprises of industry experts from across South Africa. Authors of the selected papers will be invited to present their latest findings and advances in the production and use of paint and coatings products to a captive audience from across the African continent.
A distinct Pan-African focus is one of the core aspects of Coatings for Africa 2015, as promising economic growth prospects over the next 15 - 20 years for many of the sub-Saharan countries are attracting investors globally. Especially the drive for infrastructure development and maintenance, increasing urbanisation and a rising middle class will drive the demand for coatings products in Africa. “Africa’s burgeoning coatings industry requires innovative paint and coatings solutions and a strong drive for education across the industry,” says Stefanie Pillay, member of the organising committee. With its Technical Symposium and exhibition, Coatings for Africa wants to contribute to the advancement of the African Coatings industry and promote the use of sustainable products.
Coatings for Africa is hosted by The Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) and the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (SAPMA) in conjunction with Hypenica. The event brings together the value chain of Africa’s coatings industry, from raw material suppliers to end users. The event is the biggest showcase of coatings technology, paint and related products on the continent. Attendees can expect 120+ exhibitors, 25+ visionary speakers, 10+ African countries participating and 1200 high-level decision makers in attendance. To create additional benefit, Coatings for Africa is hosted alongside African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos which highlight cement, concrete and construction in Africa. Together, all 3 events form Africa’s only 3-story expo.