TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will
welcome more than 5,000 of the top leaders and scientists from the
international coatings industry this week when it plays host to the industry's
top annual event, ICE 2007.
Sponsored by the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT),
the convention will run from October 3-5, 2007. The MTCC anticipates this
major convention will produce significant revenue for Toronto's hotels,
restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, with an overall economic impact
of approximately $10.76 million in direct spending.
Focusing on the theme "Clean-Lean-Green," ICE 2007 will combine a variety
of educational programs with the largest North American exhibition of raw
materials, equipment, and services for the coatings manufacturing industry. In
attendance will be top industry experts, bench chemists, Lab managers, and
Research and Development directors from Coating manufacturers worldwide. Most
have advanced degrees in chemistry.
Among the key program offerings will be FutureCoat, a major technical
conference which will examine the most innovative methodologies and
applications shaping the future of the coatings industry. This intense program
will feature highly focused tracks, with sessions ranging from green
chemistry, formulation, pigments, waterborne, clearcoats, and pre-treatments.
General interest sessions will examine such topics as corrosion,
nanotechnology, weathering, and instrumentation. The Keynote address, entitled
"Green Chemistry and Entropic Control in Coatings Materials and Processes",
will be presented by John C. Warner, of Warner Babcock Institute.
ICE 2007 will also include this year's International Coatings Expo.
Recognized worldwide, the Expo is expected to attract coatings professionals
from over 63 countries. Featured are the products and services used in the
development, manufacturing, testing, and application of protective and
decorative paints, coatings, inks, adhesives, and construction chemicals.
Approximately 170 leading industry suppliers will be exhibiting. Their
sales and marketing staffs will display a wide variety of raw materials,
production equipment, containers, laboratory apparatus, software, testing
devices, and services furnished to the coatings and allied industries.
Hands-on demonstrations of the wide variety of new environmentally friendly
products and technologies the coatings industry has to offer are expected to
be of special interest to attendees.
"We are extremely excited to be holding our conference in Toronto this
year", said Joseph Pontoski, Executive Director for the FSCT. "Our theme of
'Clean-Lean-Green' fits right in with the City's commitment to the health of
the Global Environment. Few cities are able to offer such a unique combination
of recreation, entertainment and cultural diversity. We are certain that our
international audience will have a great experience."
"We are honoured to be welcoming the FSCT and the leaders of the world's
coatings industry to Toronto and to the MTCC," added Barry Smith, the Centre's
CEO. "ICE 2007 is considered the premier event of the year by industry
insiders, and we know they will have a fabulous and memorable experience
About the FSCT
The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology was founded in 1922
as the Federation of Paint and Varnish Production Clubs and has grown to
consist of 26 Constituent Societies, 22 in the United States, two in Canada,
and one each in the United Kingdom and Mexico.
Members are involved in research and development, supervisory production
and engineering, and technical sales/service regarding the formulation,
testing, and manufacture of coatings. FSCT sponsors the International Coatings
Expo (formerly the Paint Industries Show) and also publishes Journal of
Coatings Technology and Research and JCT CoatingsTech. For further
information, please visit FSCT's website at www.coatingstech.org.
About the MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility and one of the finest in North America. With more than
2 million square feet of state-of-the-art space, it is considered a
world-class, tier-one facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million people. For
further information about the MTCC please visit www.mtccc.com.
For further information:
For further information: Christine Chiu, Marketing Manager, MTCC, (416)
585-8106, CChiu@MTCCC.com; Joe Pontoski, Executive Director, FSCT, (610)
940-0777 (X4949) or (416) 585-3783, Joep@coatingstech.org