The Electrocoat Association’s mission (see About Us tab) is all about education – creating learning and networking experiences that make a real difference in your work, your business and even to the technology itself through new, innovative techniques and products.

Currently we produce the ECOAT Conference, presented in even-numbered years;  an annual Electrocoating Seminar that travels to various regional locations with a strong manufacturing base;  a book, Electrocoat:  A Guidebook for Finishers; and, beginning in June, 2018, our new Webinar product. 

We also provide educational programming and speakers for co-sponsored events and are in the development stage of several online resource tools.

Upcoming events

    • November 07, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • McCormick & Schmick's, Atlanta, GA

    Member's Only!

    The Annual Business Meeting is your opportunity to meet and network with Association members, learn about the projects and objectives we're working on and talk about other business issues of interest. Newly-elected Board members will be inducted at this meeting.

    Registration is complimentary for Individual Members and for the main Corporate Member representative (or a designated substitute). Additional company members or guests may attend for $60 per person.

    Visit McCormick & Schmick's for venue details.

    This year's meeting coincides with FABTECH 2022.

    • November 15, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Register for Advanced Pretreatment - Finisher's Guide to Electrocoat Webinar Series

    Speakers will build on the information covered in the Basic Pretreatment Webinar and delve deeper into the function of the individual pretreatment stages to offer a deeper understanding of the stages/chemistry. Additionally, they will look at the interaction and control required for each pretreatment stage to ensure a fluent, robust process when coating multiple substrates alongside troubleshooting/countermeasures for common issues encountered. Current and future pretreatment trends and end-customer expectations (quality, sustainability, cost savings, etc.) will be discussed, along with technologies available to meet these expectations. Finally, they will discuss pretreatment equipment, design considerations, and bath control to ensure efficient operation.

    About the Speakers:

    David George is a Surface Treatment Technical Manager at Henkel. In his 34 years with Henkel, he has held various positions within The Automotive Technical Service Group including Director, as well as Global Technical Sales Manager and Head of Henkel’s Automotive Training Programs. Throughout his career, he has given numerous presentations to technical/trade organizations including SURCAR, Fabtech, CCAI and The Electrocoat Association. In his current role, David provides technical expertise and support for Automotive OEMs’ conversion coating processes, focusing on innovations in sustainable metal pretreatment technology. David and his Henkel team have won two Automotive News PACE awards for the introduction of zirconium oxide (Thin Film) technology in 2009 and Henkel Flex (Two-Step) hybrid technology in 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Electrocoat Association. David is also a professional photographer and music enthusiast.

    Kirk Beaster is currently an Applications Specialist, Technical Field Support at
    BASF/Chemetall, providing expert pretreatment technical support for the North American region. Kirk has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan University. He has 19+ years of experience in surface treatment technical support, previously holding the positions of Engineering Specialist, Engineering Manager, Laboratory Manager, Market Manager – Surface Treatment and Industry Manager – Surface Treatment.

    To enjoy all of the benefits of being an Electrocoat Association member, including complimentary access to future webinars, please scroll over the Membership tab above, click on "Corporate Membership" and join today!       

    Sponsored by:


    • December 31, 2022

    The Electrocoat Association offers 24/7 education through the Electrocoat Learning Management (ELM) system. 

    No matter how you learn, ELM has something for you! We have short-form content videos for anyone with a short amount of time, long-form videos for those that prefer to dive into a particular subject at a time. What kind of learner are you? 

    ELM covers all types of topics related to the process of electrocoat and the finishing industry. These videos include topics such as pretreatment, efficiency, materials, equipment, maintenance, and so much more!

    Start your learning journey today! 

    Presented by:

    • February 06, 2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • February 08, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

    Powder Coating Week 2023

    Mark your calendars! PCI's Powder Coating Week is February 6-8, 2023 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL. 

    PCI’s Powder Coating Technical Conference has been offering outstanding education to the industry for the past 32 years! The Technical Conference features general sessions of interest to all powder coaters, breakout sessions covering all aspects of powder coating and a tabletop exhibition, allowing for networking, learning and conversation with exhibitors and other powder coaters. This is your chance to learn about the latest innovations and explore all things powder coating! Read through our keynote and breakout sessions below and register now!

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