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FSCT hosts successful ICE 2006 in New Orleans.

Supporting the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans and celebrating the newest developments in coatings, FSCT recently hosted ICE 2006 on November 1-3, 2006 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. With 4615 registrants, ICE 2006 featured the products and services of 300 exhibitors. Focused on the theme of "Green Chemistry--Global Ingenuity," the event also offered a wide variety of educational opportunities through the new FutureCoat! conference and informative Preshow Short Courses.

The International Coatings Expo opened to slightly lower numbers of attendees than experienced in previous years, although perhaps better than many expected considering the concerns about the condition of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Despite the lower attendance level, the energy generated by ICE was very evident as the 2006 Block Party opened on the show floor. Exhibitor Spotlight Sessions and the ever-popular Poster Sessions provided avenues for continuing interest in new product and technology developments.

Prior to the opening of the Expo, many attendees took advantage of continuing education opportunities. The preshow Short Courses offered information on formulation guidelines, polymerization technologies, green chemistry, and nanotechnology.

FSCT's newest educational offering, FutureCoat!, was attended by 451 participants. FutureCoat! focused on global changes in the economy and how these changes are affecting coating technology development, specifically green chemistries, renewable resources, nanotechnology, and analysis issues.

Highlights included a keynote address by Duncan H. Meldrum, chief economist for Air Products & Chemicals, as well as the Technical Focus Lecture, given by Thomas P. Schuman, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Jonathan W. Martin, National Institute of Standards and Technology, presented the prestigious Joseph J. Mattiello Memorial Lecture, entitled "Making a Linkage Between Field and Laboratory Exposure Results via a Reliability-Based Methodology."

Individually helping with the rebuilding of New Orleans, over 50 ICE attendees and family members spent the day before ICE opened in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. Volunteering in a program organized by Dow Corning, FSCT, and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, participants poured concrete for a foundation, laid subflooring, and painted trim on a nearly completed house. "We had a fantastic response and feel that the event was a tremendous success," stated Laura Wolak, Americas market manager, coatings for Dow Corning. "It was very rewarding to be able to help this devastated area in its recovery efforts."

In addition to these volunteers, FSCT recognizes the efforts of all the individuals and committees who contributed so much to the success of the event. The FSCT gratefully acknowledges the contributions of ICE event sponsors--King Industries, Dow Corning, GE Advanced Materials-Silicones, DuPont, Clariant, CCP, Paul N. Gardner Company, LANXESS, Inpra Latina, Premier Mill, and Reichhold.

Full details on ICE, including photographs and awards announcements, will be published in the January 2007 issue of JCT COATINGSTECH.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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