SEATTLE - The Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology (PNWSCT) will hold its 56th annual spring symposium, the Northwest Coatings Fest, on May 11-13, 2011, at the Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, WA. The symposium, titled “Red alert: Products and Solutions for Tough Economic Times,” will bring together technical, sales and business professionals for a technical program, conference lunch and conference dinner.

The society has issued a call for papers for the technical program to be held on May 12 and a half-day session on May 13. The topic focus should include the future of paint manufacturing in the Northwest and new product technology designed for the future. This symposium will directly focus on different substrates such as composites and vinyl, (siding and window profile), with products like self-healing, self-cleaning and nano coatings.

The abstract should be 250 words or less with the title of the paper. Contact information including author names, company name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail address and speaker bio should be attached. The deadline for submittal is January 7, 2011.

Those interested are encouraged to submit a short abstract for a 40-45 minute presentation to Glenn Carlson, 206/200.5452, e-mail