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NPCA and FSCT to merge, combine shows
Article Type: Industrial news From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 4
The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) have signed a memorandum of agreement that will merge the two organizations under a single governance structure, while preserving each group’s identity.
The “governance merger” will consolidate the governance, management and administrative functions of both groups under NPCA, while preserving each organization’s operations, functions and member services.
As part of the merger, FSCT and NPCA have agreed to combine the International Coatings Expo (ICE) with the American Coatings Show and Conference to be held on June 2-5, 2008, in Charlotte, NC. ICE 2008 in Chicago has been canceled.
In addition, NPCA and FSCT will endorse and support the FSCT’s international technology conference, FutureCoat!, which will continue as the signature science and technology event for the industry and a forum for the FSCT’s annual meeting.
A complement to the American Coatings Conference, FutureCoat! is held in the Fall of 2008 in Chicago and will feature multi-track educational programming focused on Globally Responsible Coatings. NPCA and FSCT have agreed to explore the possibility of holding FutureCoat! in conjunction with future American Coatings Shows and/or the NPCA Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference.
The NPCA and FSCT also have agreed to coordinate future planning of the American Coatings Show and Conference and FutureCoat!
NPCA President Andy Doyle and FSCT Executive Director Joe Pontoski issued the following joint statement.
“The NPCA and FSCT view the FSCT as the leading technical and scientific educational organization for the industry and NPCA as the leading advocacy and public policy based organization for the industry. The NPCA and FSCT fully endorse membership in and the programs and activities of both organizations.”
“The NPCA and FSCT are committed to combining their resources and expertise for the greater benefit of the industry. The purpose of integrating the management and financial resources of both parties is to enhance the overall quality and breadth of programs and services provided to the industry and to efficiently and effectively apply resources to industry priorities.”
“In addition, we recognize that an important aspect of a successful merger of our two organizations is a continued affiliation and effective interaction with the industry’s network of local societies, councils, and associations, and the Coatings Industry Education Foundation. We not only expect our relationship with these groups to continue, but also to be enhanced and expanded.”
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