FOCUS 2022: Focus on the Future
For an entire generation of paint professionals, the FOCUS conference has provided a forum to discuss pressing issues that affect the coatings industry. From developing technologies and productivity improvements to emerging test methods, FOCUS has been a leading forum to share ideas and grow networks. As technologies continue to evolve and improve, so does FOCUS.
The 2022 theme, Focus on the Future, will include topics such as durability improvements, the paintshop of the future, and sustainability. The conference will be held in-person at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan; however, a hybrid option may be added.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 5th for this special event.
What to expect
- Continental breakfast fit for royalty
- Panel discussion with industry experts
- Two tracks of technical presentations with the option of specialized workshop activities
- Leaders from top companies including: Ford, GM, Stellantis, Axalta, Eastman, Evonik, BASF, and PPG
- Invigorating lunch (vegetarian available)
- Virtual poster session highlighting the talents from local universities
- Industry exhibitor displays and product samples
- Continuous networking opportunities to better connect you with all layers in the industry
- Pound-for-pound, the best annual coatings conference at the lowest cost!
- NEW! Hybrid option with virtual attendance avaialable (see below)
Next generation application technologies
Next generation coatings and materials
Futuristic test methods
Why attend FOCUS?
Get the latest updates right from the experts! Hear from OEM’s, tier suppliers, and industry veterans.
Hear the voice of the customer! Network with the industry’s top researchers and discuss challenges with suppliers. Meet the next generation of professionals.
Get a pulse on what the industry needs and generate real-world solutions for your organization.
Re-charge your battery with a bevy of new ideas and valuable contacts.
The Detroit Society for Coatings Technology
- John Boisseau, Eastman Chemical
- Bernadette Colonna, Covestro
- Vernon Comeaux, Stellantis
- Paul Deskovitz, Retired
- Sarah Hodapp, General Motors
- Deanne Jensen, PPG (Secretary)
- Diane Langer, BASF
- Jon Lawniczak, Eckart
- Vijay Mannari, Eastern Michigan University (President)
- Lorrie McQuiston, PPG (Co-chair)
- Brian Okerberg, PPG
- Lincoln Simoni, AkzoNobel
- Keith Stricker (Treasurer)
- Jeff Tish, Anderson Development
- Jake Welland, Axalta Coatings (Co-chair)
- Marcy Zimmer, Ford
The Detroit Society for Coatings Technology has been presenting FOCUS – the premier automotive coatings conference – for over 40 years. Check out scenes and details from recent FOCUS conferences.