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November Lunch Meetings

Speaker: Alexandra Foguth
Abstract:  Coatex, a division of the Arkema Group, with its core business of rheology modifiers and dispersants dedicated for waterbased coatings, both traditional and UV, will present its expertise in rheology through an introduction of theory, application, formulation, and finished product characteristics.  
What Will I Learn? 
-          Acrylic and Polyurethane thickener types and molecular structures
-          Thickening mechanisms
-          Design factors
-          Structure / Properties relationship
-          Applied rheology & the impact on final formulations

Countdown to CoatingsFest 2016!

CoatingsFest is almost here! 

It's time for some last minute reminders to make sure that you get the most out of the event...

  • Double check your room reservation to make sure your arrivval and departure dates are coorect...Tulalip requires 48 hours advance notice for any changes or you may be charged.
  • If you don't want to rent a car, Tulalip has a discounted shuttle service from Seattle Tacoma International Airport that runs approximately every 30 minutes. At approx $48/round trip if you don't want to fight traffic!  Advance reservations are required so contact Tulalip at 866-716-7162 for more information.
  • Attendees stayiing at Tulalip are eligible for a 20% discount at the Spa Monday through Thursday... call to book your appointment in advance
  • There is still time to register for some of the "A la carte" festivities like Golf (Tuesday or Wed) and the Friday afternoon Boeing & Future of Flight Tour...just visit the registration page at to add join these events. 

Sponsorship drive

The Coatings Fest 2016 comittee is very excited. Registration for the symposium has just passed the early-bird registration date and already we are ahead of anticipated numbers of registrants.

Coatings Fest Chairperson Trish Jones of DSM says "We are very pleased with how this show is coming together!"

The fund raising committee is now working to secure the sponsorship for some of the remaining available sponsorship opertunities.

This is great place to get your company name infront of the technical and purchasing decision makers for coatings, in the Pacific Northwest.

Visit our website to choose an appropriate sponsorship and help support coatings development.

Don’t miss the Earlybird Discount when you register for CoatingsFest 2016!

August 19 is the last day to register for Coatingsfest at discounted pricing. By registering by the end of the day on FRIDAY 8/19, you will save $75 on the full conference registration. This includes a 1.5 days of high quality technical presentations, the Wednesday evening banquet with great entertainment, the Thursday Society luncheon & keynote, and the Thursday night Social. Join your colleagues and friends October 4-7, 2016 at Tulalip Resort and Casino…just a short dirve north of Seattle!

PNWSCT is pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker for CoatingsFest

Lori Straus, a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow and Boeing Designated Expert in coatings, will be featured at the Society luncheon on Thursday 10/6/16 at CoatingsFest at the Tulalip Resort and Cansino. Lori has more than 25 years of experience in developing and qualifying paints and primers, as well as supporting Boeing programs. Lori will discuss Boeing’s strategy for identifying and sourcing the latest and best technology to support aircraft coatings specification. In addition to this keynote address, the Luncheon will include the PNWSCT annual business meeting and elections. See the complete list of technical talks for Thursday October 6 below…




Surface Analysis and Correlation to Coating's Adhesion to Metal


Fast Dry DTM Alkyd Emulsion with Excellent Corrosion Resistance


Advancements in Quantitative Characterization of Paint Application “Feel” with ART


New High-Gloss, Low-Tack, High Performance Architectural Binder

Alberdingk Boley

Formulating for improved burnish resistance, clean-ability, and scrub resistance in low sheen paints


Additive Formulating Guidelines – Best Practices for Evaluation




Benefits of Ultrafine Hydrous Kaolin in Low VOC Architectural and Industrial Coatings


Low odor dispersants and APE free wetting agents


High Performance, Newtonian HEUR ICI Builders for the Next Generation of Waterborne Coatings


Low VOC / High Renewable Content Technology for Coatings


Performance Optimization with Waterborne Thixotropic Paints




Speakers announced for the Environmental and Regulatory Forum at Coatingsfest 2016

Robert Wendoll, Director of regulatory Affairs for Dunn Edwards Corporation, will join our panel of experts from the American Coatings Association and the Western Technology Center at Cal Poly University SLO for the Environmental and regulatory Forum on Friday October 7, 2016 at the Tulalip Resort. Robert will present the perspective of a paint manufacturer who closely follows the regulatory environment. He will discuss how the regulatory and environmental trends impact and shape his company’s development and marketing strategies. In addition to learning about the latest VOC & regulatory issues, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions in a facilitated discussion and Q&A. See below for the full line-up…

Environmental and Regulatory Forum Agenda (Draft):

  1. VOC Regulation—Introduction & history (based upon Cal Poly SLO Student Poster at ACS) and VOC Measurement—Dane Jones/Ray Fernando, California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo CA
  2. VOC Regulations and outlook: US/global, Architectural vs Industrial coatings –Dave Darling, American Coatings Association (ACA)
  3. A Paint manufacturer’s strategy for keeping up with regulatory and environmental issues. Plus, VOC Local/regional regulatory insights –Robert Wendoll, Director of Environmental Affairs, Dunn Edwards Corp.
  4. Additional Environmental & regulatory concerns for manufacturers: Chemical regulatory framework, Product Safety Management/labeling, TOSCA Reform, Sustainability Review Board—Allen Irish, ACA
  5. Break
  6. Panel Discussion: some topics to discuss include future of paint industry (sustainability, renewable materials/trends), Disclosure, 3rd party programs—Paint Care, Leed/Green Building, Q&A from audience--All