ORLANDO - The ECOAT16 Conference Program has been announced. The conference, which will take place February 15-17, 2016, at The Rosen Center in Orlando, supports the expansion of electrocoat technology through the education of finishing industry personnel and those interested in the technology, both as a coating application and also a primer of choice for many other topcoat finishes.

Tim Weingartz, Ford Global Paint Engineering, will launch the conference on Tuesday, February 16, with his presentation on Ford’s introduction of the 100% aluminum F-150 Pickup.

Gary Vasilash, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Design and Production magazine, will kick off Wednesday, February 17, addressing the automotive industry's impending manufacturing transformation and why it's so critical.

Each keynote will be followed by moderated, interactive panel discussions before breaking for lunch. Panel topics include Operating Costs, Troubleshooting and Preventative Maintenance.

Afternoons will consist of a series of Learning Stations (formerly known as workshops). Two concurrent topics each day will be offered, with four 25-minute presentations on each topic. Tuesday’s topics are Cleaning and New Trends; Wednesday’s topics will focus on Ancillary Process and Ecoat Methodologies.

Additional events include a Welcome Reception at the Rosen Centre’s poolside pavilion, an Industry Awards Banquet, networking refreshment breaks and Day 2 lunch, and an exhibit hospitality time, newly dubbed A Night at the Exhibits, offering attendees direct access to suppliers of equipment, chemicals, paint and finishing applications in a casual environment.       

Registered attendees receive access to all programming and events, a conference journal/directory, and sponsored swag. Presentations will be available online prior to and after the conference for paid attendees.

For complete details, visit www.ecoatconference.com or contact Anne Von Mollat at anne@electrocoat.org.