Driving innovation, education in the paint and coatings industry

14 January 2015

In line with the changing face of Africa’s growing paint and coatings industries, Coatings for Africa 2015 symposium and expo, taking place 11-13 May 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, sets out to drive innovation and education in the paint and coatings industry across the continent.

The African coatings industry remains key to supporting the continent’s ever-growing development requirements. The future for the paint and coatings sector looks particularly promising, given the strong economic outlook, long-term demographic growth and rising urbanisation across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Recognising opportunities in South Africa and beyond, Coatings for Africa is creating a completely new experience in 2015. With a distinctly pan-African focus and a minimum of ten African countries represented, the event connects buyers and sellers from across Sub-Saharan Africa as well as globally.

To generate additional synergies, Coatings for Africa is hosted alongside African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos, Africa’s biggest gathering of the concrete and construction industry. Africa’s only three-storey expo is opening even more doors for business development.

A comprehensive three day conference programme caters for all needs across the value chain. A technical symposium presents the latest innovation and developments the global paint and coatings industry has to offer the African marketplace and how these advancements help servicing their clients. Industry leaders such as BASF, BYK, Wacker, Nubiola and University of Stellenbosch will share their findings.

The programme includes topics around high performance additives, latest generation nonionic synthetic associative thickeners, methods to improve substrate wetting of aqueous coatings and developing new coating systems. Technical professionals from the paint and coatings industry are invited to attend this unique Africa-centric opportunity to learn and network.

The Coatings for Construction Seminar offers a one-stop solution for users of paints and coatings from the construction industry. It will discuss novelties in decorative coatings for the construction industry and will start with an interactive panel discussion on urbanisation in an African context, leading experts will discuss parameters of urbanisation from various angles: architecture, technology, business and socio-economic. The keynote session will be followed by contributions around innovation in wall coatings, restoration and maintenance, cool roofing technology and quality control. Members of the construction industry such as architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and specifiers are invited to attend this seminar.

The Protective Coatings Seminar focuses on challenges around corrosion for users from the industrial and automotive sectors. It will highlight novelties in the industrial protection and maintenance space. The seminar is preceded by an opening session highlighting business innovation in Africa’s construction and infrastructure sectors. The Protective Coatings seminar includes investigation into new developments and testing methods in protective, especially anti-corrosive coatings in an infrastructure context, from mining, automotive to industrial developments. Infrastructure experts such as engineers (civil, structure, consulting), design consultants, specifiers and quantity surveyors are invited to attend this seminar.

The programme is completed by a series of free workshops for users of paints and coatings products on the exhibition floor as well as a number of site visits which can be attended.

Coatings for Africa is hosted by the Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) and the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (SAPMA) in conjunction with Hypenica and is the biggest showcase of coatings technologies, paint and related products on the continent. Coatings for Africa connects the entire value chain, from raw material suppliers to end users of the finished paint or coatings products.

Attendees can expect 120+ exhibitors, 2000 attendees, 10+ African countries represented and 30+ expert speakers.

For additional information, visit or email Sean Manson at [email protected]

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