From April 3-6, exhibitors, industry members and experts will travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to attend the European Coatings Show (ECS). The event will feature seven exhibition halls, multiple conference sessions, a keynote speaker, and two networking events.


The ECS will host over 900 exhibitors across seven different halls, showcasing the latest technology, equipment, and raw materials for coatings, inks, adhesives, sealants, and construction chemicals. The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 4-5, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 6.

Halls 1, 4, 4A, 7, and 7A will hold companies pertaining to coating, ink and adhesive raw materials; intermediates for construction chemicals; and services. Halls 5 and 6 will host laboratory, production, and testing and measuring equipment; application, environmental protection and safety at work; and services.

Conference and Networking Events

The conference portion of ECS will be hosted April 2-4, including pre-conference tutorials on Sunday, April 2. Ten pre-conference tutorials, being held from 3-6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, will be offered on various topics, including functional coatings, polyurethane coatings, radiation curing, and biocides and legislation. The pre-conference tutorials are considered a separate event from the conference. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

Also on Sunday, a welcome get-together is scheduled for all conference delegates at 7 p.m. at the city center of Nuremburg, featuring traditional Franconian food and drink. Shuttles from the exhibition grounds will be available for pre-conference tutorial attendees.

On Monday, April 3, 12 co-current sessions will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (scroll down to see the see full schedule of sessions below), to be followed by an after-work reception being held in the St. Petersburg foyer. Also on Monday, the keynote speaker, Renaud Nicolaÿ, will give his presentation on dynamic covalent chemistries, and the ECS Award, along with 2,000 in prize money, will be granted during the plenary session before sessions from
8:30-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, will host 11 more co-current sessions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stay Connected During ECS

The ESC will be offering several ways to stay virtually connected to everything pertaining to the conference, including a Twitter feed and hashtag, a mobile app, and live streams of select sessions and highlight events. The app (available for iOS and Android) features a full list of exhibitors, an interactive floor plan, a schedule of product presentations, and a complete conference schedule—including abstracts and presenters’ CV. In addition, a personalized section can help attendees keep track of favorite exhibitors, presentations, and contacts;  find visitors and exhibitors with similar interests; and have ECS news streamed directly to their device.

Several key events will also be hosted online via live video stream, including the plenary session on Monday; the European Coatings Show Innovation Slam from 2:30-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5; and the ECS 2017 Wrap-Up panel discussion, from 2:30-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. Five of this year’s conference sessions will also be available online via live stream: sessions 1 and 8 on Monday, and sessions 15, 18, and 22 on Tuesday. ASI

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Sunday, April 2

1 p.m.— Registration opens

3-6:30 p.m.— Pre-Conference Tutorials:

Basics on Architectural Coatings

Polyurethane Coatings

Formulating Adhesives and Sealants

Basics on Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Understanding Biocides and the Latest Regulations

Dispersing Pigments and Fillers From Theory to Practice

Functional Coatings

Radiation Curing

Fundamentals of Epoxy Coatings

Environmentally Benign Coatings

7 p.m.— Welcome Get-Together

Monday, April 3

7 a.m.— Registration opens

8:30-9:45 a.m.— Plenary Session: welcome address, conference introductions, European Coatings Show award, delegates’ survey, and keynote speaker

10 a.m-1:30 p.m.— Parallel Sessions 1-6

Science Today Coatings Tomorrow


Powder Coatings

Waterborne Coatings

Surface Active Agents

Printing Inks

1:30-2:30 p.m.— Networking lunch break and refreshments

2:30-6 p.m.— Parallel Sessions 7-12

Production Technology

Functional Coatings

Façade Paints

2K Industrial Coatings

Anti-Microbial Coatings

Radiation Curing

6-7:30 p.m.— Networking After-Work Reception

Tuesday, April 4

8 a.m.— Registration opens

9 a.m.-6 p.m.— Exhibition halls open

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.— Parallel Sessions 13-18

Adhesives and Sealants

Construction Chemicals I

Polyurethanes I

Protective Coatings I

Testing and Measuring I

Architectural Coatings

12:30-1:30 p.m.— Networking lunch break and refreshments

1:30-5 p.m.— Parallel Sessions 19-24

Novel Materials

Construction Chemicals II

Polyurethanes II

Protective Coatings II

Testing and Measuring II

Bio-Based Coatings

Wednesday, April 5

9 a.m.-6 p.m.— Exhibition halls open

Thursday, April 6

9 a.m.-5 p.m.— Exhibition halls open