The Electrocoat Association’s mission (see About Us tab) is all about education – creating learning and networking experiences that make a real difference in your work, your business and even to the technology itself through new, innovative techniques and products.

Currently we produce the ECOAT Conference, presented in even-numbered years;  an annual Electrocoating Seminar that travels to various regional locations with a strong manufacturing base;  a book, Electrocoat:  A Guidebook for Finishers; and, beginning in June, 2018, our new Webinar product. 

We also provide educational programming and speakers for co-sponsored events and are in the development stage of several online resource tools.

Upcoming events

    • October 05, 2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • October 06, 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Clinton Township, Michigan

    Industry experts have designed this interactive program to meet the varying technical needs of electrocoaters and anyone interested in learning more. Review the basics before taking a deeper dive into cost and process efficiencies, quality control, troubleshooting and innovative technology. Walk away with ideas and strategies for improving your own system.

    Enhancing your learning experience will be a tour of Axalta Coating Systems' paint manufacturing facility in Mount Clemens, Michigan. The tour and round-trip transportation are included in your registration fee.

    Also included is a copy of our textbook: Electrocoating: A Guidebook for Finishers.

    Mark your calendar! Register by September 3rd and SAVE!

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    Questions?  Contact or call 800-563-8831  

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    • November 09, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Register for Basics of Pretreatment - Finisher's Guide to Electrocoat Webinar Series

    We will begin this webinar with a discussion about the process of pretreatment and then dive into more detail in each area. We will discuss the cleaning, conversion coating, surface conditioning, post-treatment and rinsing stages of pretreatment. We will discuss water conservation tips to make your system operate at its optimal capacity. Then we will focus on some new technology in conversion coatings being used in manufacturing. We will touch on pretreatment equipment, design considerations, heating, cost savings and bath life extension features to ensure you are operating at the greatest efficiency. We will close by taking a look at control options for keeping your pretreatment, operating at optimum levels.

    About the Speakers:

    David George is a Surface Treatment Technical Manager at Henkel. In his 33 years with Henkel, he has held various positions within The Automotive Technical Service Group including Director, as well as Global Technical Sales Manager and Head of Henkel’s Automotive Training Programs. Throughout his career, he has given numerous presentations to trade organizations including Fabtech, CCAI and The Electrocoat Association. In his current role, David provides technical expertise and support for Automotive OEMs’ conversion coating processes, focusing on innovations in metal pretreatment technology. David and his Henkel team have won two Automotive News PACE awards for the introduction of zirconium oxide (Thin Film) technology in 2009 and Henkel Flex (Two-Step) hybrid technology in 2014. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Electrocoat Association. David is also a professional photographer and has a great appreciation for music, especially acoustic and Americana.

    Suresh PatelDirector – Sales, Technical, and Marketing of Chemetall Mexicana. He holds Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has been with Chemetall for 27 years. He has held various positions at Chemetall throughout his career starting with lab Chemist, Process Engineer, Process Equipment Mfg. Manager, Marketing Manager and Business Manager, General Industry - the largest and most successful business unit of Chemetall NA. During his 27 years of service at Chemetall, he has been involved with large corporations like Caterpillar, John Deere, CNH, GE and Cummins related to their approvals and processes. His expertise in the areas of Surface Treatment and non-Surface Treatment product lines and processes are well received by both internal and external customers.

    He has made numerous presentations to trade organizations and companies, including several Powder Coating, Fabtech, SFM-MX and ECoat shows and have written articles for several trade magazines. He is a well-known technical speaker!

    Thank you to our Sponsors: 


    To enjoy all of the benefits of being an Electrocoat Association member, including complimentary access to future webinars, please scroll over the Membership tab above, click on "Corporate Membership" and join today!       


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