Learn about improving the efficiency of industrial finishing operations while maximizing investment returns by
attending the Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo 2012. The Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota, are hosting the 8th Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., near St. Paul.

The Expo will include a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations and three technical seminar tracks:

  • Process Improvement
  • New Technologies 
  • Special Topics in Finishing 

An afternoon session will feature user/vendor success stories in optimizing finishing processes. The Expo expects to attract more than 400 participants from the Upper Midwest.

Expo presentations will include topics related to new technologies and processes, powder and liquid coating, cleaning pretreatment, cost savings, waste reduction, energy conservation, coating optimization, and case studies.

In conjunction with the Expo, the Twin Cities Chapter of CCAI will host its annual symposium on March 14 at the Expo location. The Best Practices in Finishing Symposium will be an all-day interactive seminar presented by Nick Liberto, president, Powder Coating Consultants. Mr. Liberto will review the complete finishing process
emphasizing the best practices currently used within the industry. The symposium will focus special attention on troubleshooting process problems and maximizing operating efficiencies. Audience participation will be welcome and encouraged.

Registration information and programming updates are posted on the Twin City Chapter of the Chemical Coaters Association International website. Electronic registration for both events opens on January 9, 2012. Direct questions to Phil Ruggiero, 320-230-6282, via e-mail at expo@umn.edu.