PLYMOUTH, MI — On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the FOCUS conference returns 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. The conference will include a dual track of technical presentations and offer continuous networking opportunities throughout the day. A poster session will showcase the talents of local university students. A full range of exhibitors from industry suppliers will attend, and the conference will feature a full-service lunch and networking and cocktail hour sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems. 

Conference organizers are calling for abstracts for presentations at the event. Interested speakers should submit an abstract (<500 words) of their suggested contribution by sending an e-mail to With the abstract, potential presenters should 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, and the notification of acceptance is expected on March 1, 2022.

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