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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

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10:30 am JR Golf Tournament @ Redwoods Golf course
JR Golf Tournament @ Redwoods Golf course
Jun 20 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
JR Golf Tournament @ Redwoods Golf course | Langley | British Columbia | Canada
Join the PNWSCT and the PAC (Packaging Association of Canada) in a game of golf. Proceeds from the golf will be going to BC Children’s hospital once again! Even if you do not golf… consider […]
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all-day PNWSCT Sponsored: Cal Poly Polym...
PNWSCT Sponsored: Cal Poly Polym...
Jul 30 – Aug 3 all-day
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8:30 am 2018 “Portland Charity Classic” ... @ Glendoveer Golf Club
2018 “Portland Charity Classic” ... @ Glendoveer Golf Club
Aug 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Join us on Friday, August 17th for the 25th annual “Portland Charity Classic” Golf Tournament… To register for the tournament, please see here.Read More
Oct
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8:00 am Coatings Fest 2018 @ The Laurel Point Inn - Victoria, BC
Coatings Fest 2018 @ The Laurel Point Inn - Victoria, BC
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm
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