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The Western Coatings Societies Biennial Symposium and Show

Originally the brainchild of the Los Angeles and Golden Gate Societies for Coatings Technology, the Western Coatings Societies Biennial Symposium and Show, born in the early 1950s, is organized and managed today with the help of the Pacific Northwest and Arizona societies.

The Show has quickly become one of the coatings industry’s premier events.

Based in California for most of its 60 years, the show was moved briefly to Reno, Nevada. In 2004 Arizona and the Pacific Northwest were asked to take a permanent planning role and, after much debate, the decision was made to move to Las Vegas.

Over 1200 attendees flock to The Strip in October of every odd-numbered year to take advantage of valuable information presented over two and a half days by a diverse line-up of speakers on a wide range of technical subjects.

Although the vast majority of those who attend are westerners, the show’s low-key, functional format and reasonable cost appeals to people from all over North America and the rest of the world.

In addition, students from several colleges in the United States design posters to display the latest results of their ongoing research.

A catered Welcome Reception on Sunday evening provides attendees with the opportunity to relax, network and enjoy the camaraderie of their peers.

Keynote speakers and panelists on both Monday and Tuesday focus on topics of up-to-date interest to the industry.

Food is catered around the noon hour and following business on both days during which exhibitors have time to promote their companies’ products.

The WCS Samson-Adler Distinguished Service Award was introduced in 2009. Named for Mr. Maurice Samson (Los Angeles) and Mr. Barry Adler (San Francisco) in recognition of their pioneering efforts during the earliest days of the WCS, the award distinguishes an individual for lifetime service to their society, the WCS and the coatings industry in general. The first honoree is Melinda Forbes from the LASCT.

Las Vegas has it all – professional conference facilities, a dining experience for every palate and an endless supply of entertainment for every taste.

Come join us in the other city that never sleeps! Come to the WCS in Las Vegas and experience our hospitality!

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Upcoming Events

Jan
26
Sat
6:00 pm Annual Portland Area Social Nite... @ Moda Center
Annual Portland Area Social Nite... @ Moda Center
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Marking the calendar for the annual Portland-area social event of the year!  Your favorite Portland Winterhawks hockey team will be suiting up against the Seattle Thunderbirds.  Read More
Jan
29
Tue
12:00 pm Speaker Tour 1/2 Day Seminar – P... @ TBA
Speaker Tour 1/2 Day Seminar – P... @ TBA
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Typically, we’re excited to bring 4 speakers to the 1/2 day seminar.  At this time we have the following companies confirmed: TBF Environmental (http://tbfenvironmental.com/) Ashland Specialties, Inc. (https://www.ashland.com/) Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for […]
Jan
30
Wed
11:30 am Speaker Tour 1/2 Day Seminar – V... @ River Rock Casino "Ballroom"
Speaker Tour 1/2 Day Seminar – V... @ River Rock Casino "Ballroom"
Jan 30 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
We’re excited to bring 4 speakers to the 1/2 day seminar. Greg Monaghan of Specialty Polymers David A. Pasin  of TBF Environmental (http://tbfenvironmental.com/) Natalia Amoroso Lopes Valezin of Ashland Specialties, Inc.  (https://www.ashland.com/) Lanxess Biocides Read […]
Mar
12
Tue
11:00 am Speaker Tour – Portland: TBD @ TBA
Speaker Tour – Portland: TBD @ TBA
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for retired persons $25 for all others   Typical Schedule (flexible with goal start time of 11:30AM): 11-11:30AM: Registration 11:45AM: Lunch orders 12PM: Introduce speakers & announcements 12:20PM: Lunch […]
Apr
16
Tue
11:00 am Speaker Tour – Portland: Lubrizol @ TBA
Speaker Tour – Portland: Lubrizol @ TBA
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jonathon Bird of Lubrizol’s Performance Coatings Group will be giving a presentation, details TBD.   Cost: $0 for manufacturing members $20 for retired persons $25 for all others   Typical Schedule (flexible with goal start […]

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