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

    • November 15, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


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


    Suresh and David will build on the information covered in the Basic Pretreatment Webinar and delve deeper into the function of the individual pretreatment stages to offer a deeper understanding of the stages/chemistry. Additionally, they will look at the interaction and control required for each pretreatment stage to ensure a fluent, robust process when coating multiple substrates alongside troubleshooting/countermeasures for common issues encountered. Current and future pretreatment trends and end-customer expectations (quality, sustainability, cost savings, etc.) will be discussed, along with technologies available to meet these expectations. Finally, they will discuss pretreatment equipment, design considerations, and bath control to ensure efficient operation.

    About the Speakers:

    David George is a Surface Treatment Technical Manager at Henkel. In his 34 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 ofHenkel’s Automotive Training Programs. Throughout his career, he has given numerous presentations to technical/trade organizations including SURCAR, 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 sustainable 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 music enthusiast.

    Suresh PatelDirector NA Business Development, holds M.S Degree in Chemical Engineering from NJIT and has been with Chemetall for 30 years. He has held various positions at Chemetall throughout his career starting with lab Chemist, Process Engineer, Process Equipment Mfg. Manager, Marketing Manager, Business Manager, General Industry (GI) and Director, Mexico Sales, Tech Service and Marketing. During his 30 years of service at Chemetall, he has been involved with large corporations within GI, Auto OEMs, Auto Comps and other segments related to their approvals and processes.

    He is an active member and technical presenter of a few trade associations such as PCI-Powder Coating Institute, The Electrocoat Association, PEI-Porcelain Enamel Institute, and CCAI-Custom Coaters Association International.

    He has made numerous presentations to trade organizations and companies, including several Powder Coating, CCAI, Fabtech, STLE, SFM-MX, and ECOAT Conferences and has written articles for several trade magazines. 



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