Electrocoat 2004 makes its return to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center on April 14, 2004. The three-day event will feature more than 30 conference sessions and workshops, networking events and supplier-sponsored hospitality suites.
Electrocoat 2004 is targeted at current users of electrocoat technology, as well as those considering starting a new e-coat line or adding e-coat to an existing coating operation, such as powder coating.
“One of the trends that our members have noticed recently is that people—powder coaters in particular—are looking more and more at using electrocoat as a primer for topcoat,” says Cindy Oravitz, Executive Director of the Electrocoat Association. “Finishers have started to recognize that, when used together, electrocoat and powder are a near unbeatable combination in terms of durability and aesthetic appearance.”
According to Ms. Oravitz, the Electrocoat Show is also an opportunity for manafacturers who previously outsourced parts for electrocoating to consider bringing those operations in-house. “Some of the people who came to [the Electrocoat Association] booth at the Coating 2003 Show were not necessarily even coating right now,” says Ms. Oravitz. “They were asking questions about things such as the costs and logistics of starting a new electrocoating line in their manufacturing facilities.”
This year’s theme—“Your World and Career Have Changed and Guess What?!! They Are Never Going to be the Same Again”—is intended to focus on the fact that the wheels of the finishing industry as a whole are starting to move again. “For the last couple of years, people have been using words like ‘cautiously optimistic,’” says Ms. Oravitz. “Expectations have been kept very much in check. But now, there is more tangible evidence to suggest that we may be experiencing something of an upswing. Manufacturing is increasing, which means more work for painters. Overall, there is a much more positive tone to 2004 than there has been for a while.”
Launching the conference will be a keynote address by Peter Drake, deputy chief economist, TB Bank Financial Corporation. Mr. Drake’s speech, “The Economic and Investment Outlook,” will examine the global economy and how it is affecting U.S. manufacturing. Mr. Drake’s presentation will be followed by a presentation delivered by Products Finishing Publisher Dan Luciano, who will report on capital spending in the finishing industry.