The Twin Cities Chapter of Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) at the University of Minnesota will host the 7th Minnesota Paint and Powder Coating Expo on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota (near St. Paul). The Expo will include a vendor show, hands-on demonstrations and technical seminars. At the last expo, more than 400 participants attended the 15 technical seminars and a vendor show featuring over 50 exhibits.

The Expo is seeking people to present on topics related to metal finishing. Suggested topics include new technologies/ processes, cleaning pretreatment, cost savings, energy use reduction, environmental issues, and case studies. Abstracts of 250 words or less must be received by October 3, 2008.

Additional participation opportunities for the 2009 Paint and Powder Coating Expo include exhibiting, demonstrating, speaking, and sponsoring refreshments.

For more information, contact Paul Pagel at 612.624.4638 orppagel@umn.edu. Updates on the Expo will be posted on MnTAP’s Web site at www.mntap.umn.edu.