Coatings for Africa, the longest-running coatings event in Africa has announced details of Coatings for Africa 2018. To be held in May next year, the event will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre at the end of the month.
Jointly presented by the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) and the Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA), Coatings for Africa will attract senior executives and technologists from the paints and coatings industry all over the world to view the industry’s latest products, technologies and services. Delegates will also be able to participate in a developing education programme, which will include a three-day conference, plus interactive zones for workshops and live product demonstrations.
By volume, Africa manufactures 28% of the world’s coatings, with South Africa the continent’s largest producer. SAPMA members produce more than 90% of all paint and coatings manufactured in South Africa, while many of the individual chemists and technologists who will visit the event are OCCA members. OCCA is an international organisation headquartered in the UK and active across the world, including South Africa.
The vent will be staged by DMG events, which is responsible for six other coatings exhibitions held across the Middle East and Asia. These include Dubai’s Middle East Coatings Show, the Asia Coatings Congress, the East African Coatings Congress, the Central Asia Coatings Show, the Asia Pacific Coatings Show and Cairo’s Middle East Coatings Show.
“Africa is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing continents. As well as supporting the local markets, we are confident that our international client base, familiar with our events in Asia and the Middle East, will be keen to move with us into this new territory and take advantage of the fabulous trade opportunities available here,” says Ian Faux, Vice President of Coatings at DMG events.
“Both of our associations are extremely excited about the new partnership with DMG events. We share the vision of uplifting Coatings for Africa as the industry’s flagship show on the African continent and expanding the expertise of the coatings industry in South Africa,” says Deryck Spence Executive Director of SAPMA.