• Gunnar Ackx to open the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa, Florida

Gunnar Ackx to open the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa, Florida

For a week filled with training programs (20+), technical papers & presentations (100+), exhibitors (200+), networking, and so much more, Tampa, Florida is the place to be next week (31/01 t.e.m. 02/02).  Dedicated 100 % to Protective Coatings.

SCICON's Managing Director Gunnar Ackx is this year's President of the Board of Governors & will address the organization members during the Awards Luncheon and open the Exhibit-Floor.

See www.sspc2017.com for more information about this event.

And http://www.paintsquare.com/archive/?fuseaction=view&articleID=5960 for the President's Welcome Letter.

See you there! 😎

Dear fellow SSPC Members and Coatings Professionals,

Florida, the Sunshine State is never a bad place to be in winter. So it is my great honor to personally invite you to join me, other members, and the SSPC staff for the SSPC 2017 conference and exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from January 30 to February 2, 2017.

On the following pages as well as online at sspc2017.com, you will find more information about this year’s conference highlights including the following.

  • The Exhibit Floor is where you can talk directly to suppliers of abrasives, coating materials, application equipment, inspection equipment, professional services and so much more. Currently, over 120 exhibitors are registered, with only a limited number of booths left.
  • An extensive Training Program Schedule was developed to tutor coating professionals ranging from blasters and painters, inspectors, and consultants, to engineers and facility owners in the various facets of our ever-involving coatings industry.
  • The Technical Program will include over 100 presentations, lectures, discussion panels, and demonstrations, often combined around a specific theme.
  • Following up on previous successful Young Professionals programs, this year we will again facilitate several activities geared towards helping students and young professionals find their way in this industry. We will also aim to learn what SSPC can do better for young professionals. So if you have any good young guns at your company, you can bring them along to benefit from the many professional activities and even training programs. Students receive a discounted rate.
  • Committee Meetings: During our annual conference, all Technical Committees with work in progress will meet to discuss the further development of standards, guidelines, and other policies. As an SSPC member, you can register to participate on such committees that primarily operate online, but the conference is always an excellent opportunity to meet fellow committee members in person —  yet another great way to network and learn more about topics that make you tick.
  • And last but not least, there will be several Guest Tours to allow your family members to travel with you to enjoy the nature, climate, and culture of Florida.

This year I especially hope to see many international attendees as our organization further spreads its wings globally. The world gets smaller every day and whatever developments occur in North America are bound to affect the industry worldwide and vice-versa. This is not just a North American conference anymore.

For conference regulars, I’m looking forward to seeing you again. For those of you who have not yet attended, give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

Be sure to make your travel and hotel bookings in time as our conference coincides with the popular Gasparilla Pirate Festival in the Tampa Bay area.

I sincerely look forward to seeing you in Tampa soon!

Gunnar Ackx

Sincerely Yours,

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