In 2018, the European Coatings Show continued to gain growth with more than 30,000 industry attendees present to explore the 1,135 exhibitors. At the next event, taking place March 19-21 in Nuremberg, Germany, at the Exhibition Centre, the European Coatings Show and Conference will be extending to eight halls for the first time, offering industry experts, decision-makers and visionaries more space to share ideas with colleagues.


Exhibition and Networking

The European Coatings Show exhibition floor will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on March 19-20 and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 21. This year, more than 1,074 exhibitors are anticipated to be at the show to demonstrate their newest products and developments for trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of adhesives, sealants, coatings, and construction chemicals.



The European Coatings Conference will coincide with the Coatings Show from March 17-19. Along with ample networking opportunities, experts from industry and academia will present the latest innovations and findings, with 144 presentations in 24 sessions, 10 short courses, and many networking possibilities (see Conference Schedule below).

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, the European Coatings Show Conference offers current developments in raw materials, the latest results from scientific institutes and universities, and contact with leading international experts in person. Over 800 coatings enthusiasts from around the world will be present to hear about the latest developments in coatings technology and to forge invaluable contacts.

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Conference Schedule

Sunday, March 17

1 p.m.

Registration opens


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 1: Basics of Architectural Coatings


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 2: Polyurethane Coatings


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 3: Formulating Adhesives and Sealants


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 4: Basics of Anti-Corrosion Coatings


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 5: Understanding Biocides and the Latest Regulations


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 6: Dispersing Pigments and Fillers—From Theory to Practice


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 7: Functional Coatings


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 8: Radiation Curing


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 9: Fundamentals of Epoxy Coatings


3-6:30 p.m.
Pre-conference Tutorial 10: Environmentally Benign Coatings


7 p.m.
Networking: Welcome dinner in the city center


Monday, March 18

7 a.m.                  

Registration Opens


8:30-9:45 a.m.    

Plenary Session Welcome Address Conference, Conference Introduction, European Coatings Award, Delegates’ Survey, Keynote Presentation


10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Parallel Sessions 1-6

Session 1:Science Today-Coatings Tomorrow

Session 2: Pigments

Session 3: Powder Coatings

Session 4: Waterborne Coatings

Session 5: Roof and Facade Paints

Session 6: Printing Inks


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


2:30-6 p.m.

Parallel Sessions 7-12

Session 7: Dispersing Technology

Session 8: Wood Coatings

Session 9: Foulprotect

Session 10: 2K Industrial Coatings

Session 11: Microbial Protection

Session 12: Radiation Curing


6-7:30 p.m.



Tuesday, March 19

8 a.m.                  

Registration Opens


9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Parallel Sessions 13-18

Session 13: Adhesives and Sealants
Session 14: Construction Chemicals I
Session 15: Polyurethanes I
Session 16: Protective Coatings I
Session 17: Testing and Measuring I
Session 18: Architectural Coatings


12:30-1:30 p.m.

Networking: Lunch break and refreshments


1:30-5 p.m.

Parallel Sessions 19-24

Session 19: Epoxy Coatings
Session 20: Construction Chemicals II
Session 21: Polyurethanes II
Session 22: Protective Coatings II
Session 23: Testing and Measuring II
Session 24: TiO2 and Opacification