PLYMOUTH, MI — The FOCUS conference is returning on May 5, 2022, with the theme “FOCUS on the Future.” Presented by the FOCUS Committee of the Detroit Society for Coatings Technology (DSCT), this conference is a staple for paint and coatings professionals in Southeast Michigan and beyond. Held at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan, the FOCUS conference continues to highlight emerging technology, market trends, industry standards, test methods and other topics relevant to the field. A virtual option may be added depending on conditions surrounding the pandemic.

The 46th annual FOCUS conference will host experts and leaders in the automotive paint and coatings industry who will present their latest challenges and developments. Past topics have included application, formulation, regulatory, color development, and testing and evaluation. 

Highlights of FOCUS include: a dual track of technical presentations, continuous networking opportunities throughout the day, leaders from top companies, poster session showcasing the talents of local university students, a full range of exhibitors from industry suppliers, a full-service lunch, and a networking and cocktail hour sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems. 

The conference is also calling for abstracts. Interested speakers should submit an abstract (<500 words) of their suggested contribution by sending an e-mail to The abstract should also include the title of the talk, the name of the speaker, and e-mail address of the speaker. The submission deadline is Feb. 14, 2022. The notification of acceptance is expected on March 1, 2022.

For regular updates on the conference, visit FOCUS 2022 online at