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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

Mar
13
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: P... @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: P... @ Location TBA
Mar 13 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Thomas Dombrowski Title: Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers Thomas Dombrowski of Specialty Minerals, aka Minerals Technologies, aka Barretts providing a talk on Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers.Read More
Mar
14
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: V... @ Chefe Daniel Restaurant
Speaker’s Tour – Mineral Tech: V... @ Chefe Daniel Restaurant
Mar 14 @ 11:45 am – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Thomas Dombrowski Title: Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers Thomas Dombrowski of Specialty Minerals, aka Minerals Technologies, aka Barretts providing a talk on Minerals as Functional Additives and Fillers.   Topic: The Use of Minerals […]
Apr
17
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Portland @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Portland @ Location TBA
Apr 17 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Ronald Brashear, BYK Title: Evaluations of Wetting and Dispersing Additives for Use in Waterborne Anti-Corrosive PaintRead More
Apr
18
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – BYK: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Apr 18 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Ronald Brashear, BYK Title: Evaluations of Wetting and Dispersing Additives for Use in Waterborne Anti-Corrosive PaintRead More
May
15
Tue
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Portland @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Portland @ Location TBA
May 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Gary Balint, Lanxess Title: Getting Back to Basics – An Overview of Iron Oxide PigmentsRead More
May
16
Wed
11:45 am Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Vancouver @ Location TBA
Speaker’s Tour – Lanxess: Vancouver @ Location TBA
May 16 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Speaker: Gary Balint, Lanxess Title: Getting Back to Basics – An Overview of Iron Oxide PigmentsRead More

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