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February 1 – 4, 2021


Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Convention Center


February 1 – 4, 2021


Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Convention Center


In 1950, the Steel Structures Painting Council was born out of the need for corrosion protection from representatives in the steel construction, and paint manufacturing industries. 70 years later, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now the leading source of information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry worldwide.


Coatings + is comprised of protective, marine, and industrial coatings programming with Technical Sessions and Workshops focusing on surface preparation, application, coating formulation, testing, inspection, and green coatings solutions. SSPC training and certification programs are offered in conjunction with the event, SSPC standards committees meet, and prime networking opportunities abound with a 100,000 square foot trade show featuring 150+ exhibitors.

Registration will open in September 2020.
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Registration Level Early Bird
9/7/2020 – 11/5/2020
11/6/2020 – 12/16/2020
12/17/2020 – 2/4/2020
Member Full Conference $600 $700 $800
Member Additional Employee $500 $600 $700
Government/Military* $450  $550 $650
International Member $450 $550 $650
Non-Member $800 $900 $1,000
Guest/Spouse $250 $275 $300

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses and society as a whole to adapt at a fast and innovative pace over the last few months. No one is certain what the future holds, but we are optimistic that, as we make our way through the rest of 2020, face-to-face meetings will begin again in a safe and effective manner. SSPC continues to plan for Coatings+ 2021 to be held as scheduled, with all of the necessary safety precautions and guidelines as set forth from the CDC and other leading health organizations. That being said, depending on how the public health crisis is looking as we continue through the summer months, SSPC will plan on moving the annual conference into a virtual space for 2021.

If you are interested in exhibiting or being a part of the technical program, but are unsure about public gatherings in the future, or do not currently have the budget for 2021 events, please reach out to us. We still want to compile the best possible technical content and vendor resources for our annual conference. We are able to work with all budgets, and in the event large public gatherings are still not feasible in early 2021, SSPC has every intention of moving the conference into a digital space so our members can still get the quality education, networking, and shared knowledge we are committed to providing.

We will not have any definitive answers for some time, but rest assured we will be transparent and communicative as the year goes on. Thank you for being a valued member and customer of SSPC.

For questions pertaining to the technical program, please contact:
For any other conference-related inquires, please contact:

Above statistics are based on attendance from Coatings+ 2020.

Benefits of Exhibiting at Coatings+

Targeted Audience

  • Opportunity to interact with more than 2,500 protective coatings professionals including facility owners, specifiers, end users, manufacturers, contractors, engineers, consultants and inspectors.

Educational and Social Benefits

  • Access to technical sessions for Full Conference Exhibitors
  • Cost effective upgrades for Booth Attendants
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
  • Lunches in Exhibit Hall
  • Conference Closing Blast

Focused Exhibit Hours

  • 13 hours of prime exhibit time with 9 hours unopposed by other programming
    Tuesday, February 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Wednesday, February 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Thursday, February 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


  • Exhibitor listing in SSPC’s JPCL Magazine (date sensitive)
  • GDPR Compliant Mailing list of all registered attendees after the conference
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Mobile App listing with social media and weblinks

Additional Benefits

  • Refreshment breaks in exhibit hall
  • One Full Conference badge per 10’x10’ booth
  • Four Booth Attendant badges per 10’x10’ booth
  • 24-hour general hall security

Download the Exhibitor Prospectus for more details.

Download and fill out the exhibit space contract to reserve your space today.

Pricing is based on SSPC Corporate Membership level. If your company is not yet a member, you can join at any time to take advantage of the member discounts. Please visit the membership section of the website for more information.

View the live 2021 floorplan and exhibitor list here.

For questions regarding exhibiting, please contact Nicole Lourette at (412) 281-2331 x 2204 or

**Please note that SSPC never sells attendee lists. If you receive solicitation emails from various email accounts claiming to have conference attendee lists for sale, these are unauthorized SPAM accounts and are not affiliated with SSPC in any way. Even if they claim to work for the organization, their emails should be immediately deleted. All emails from SSPC will be coming from official SSPC email domains. Please contact the Events Manager with any questions.**

Sponsorships are the best way to get your brand in front of our attendees! If manning a booth doesn’t fit into your schedule, consider our various levels of sponsorship options.

2021 Sponsor Brochure Coming Soon.

Advance the industrial coatings community by presenting your cutting-edge research, or new and improved technologies or processes!

A full house at the Coatings+2020 Technical Program

Technical Papers

Deadline to submit an abstract: June 15, 2020
Draft Paper Due: September 15, 2020
Final Paper/Revisions Due: December 11, 2020
PowerPoint Presentation Due: January 8, 2021

Student Poster Session

Deadline to submit an abstract: November 30, 2020
Poster PDF/Powerpoint Due: January 15, 2021

SSPC is now accepting abstract submissions for our Technical Program and StudentPoster sessions at Coatings+ 2021. Our industry relies on subject matter experts like yourself to advance knowledge and elevate career opportunities for industrial coatings professionals around the world. Join SSPC and thousands of your colleagues at this principal event!

Program topics for technical papers and student posters include, but are not limited to:

  • Coating Application
  • Coating Formulation
  • Concrete
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Fireproofing
  • Gas & Oil Pipeline Coatings
  • Green Coatings Solutions
  • Inspection
  • Marine & Military Coatings
  • Surface Preparation
  • Testing

After reviewing our Speaker Guidelines and Expectations, please click here to begin your submission on our portal, Pheedloop. Student poster abstracts will be submitted and collected here, along with paper abstracts from SMEs, their draft papers, PowerPoint presentations, final paper, and speaker profile(s). Visit the submission site above to get started, where you will be directed to create a new submission for the 2021 Technical Program. Once you submit an abstract, you will receive a confirmation e-mail directly from Pheedloop with your individual portal link. Please bookmark this link, as you will need it to access your submission(s) and profile throughout the year. Clicking “Edit Application Here” will take you directly to your speaker profile. Additionally, please white list, as all communication will be sent out via email.

For any inquiries regarding the SSPC Technical Program, please contact us at for more information.

SSPC recognizes industry leaders across many fields and bodies of work for their dedication and service to the industry at the annual Awards Luncheon at Coatings+. Next year, the Awards Luncheon will be Monday, February 1, 2021. Over the coming weeks, we will announce the various award categories that are open for public nomination. We invite you to begin thinking of who you will be nominating for the below categories:

Structure Awards

+ The Charles G. Munger Award
This award was named in honor of the late Charles Munger, who advanced the use of zinc-rich primers and wrote prolifically for the coatings industry. It is given to acknowledge the outstanding industrial or commercial coatings project demonstrating longevity of the original coating. The structure may have had spot repairs or overcoating with the original coating still in-tact.

+ The E. Crone Knoy Award
Work on the structure must have been completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This award was named in honor of the late Crone Knoy, founder and president of Tank Industry Consultants. It recognizes an outstanding achievement in industrial or commercial coatings work that demonstrates innovation, excellence in craftsmanship, or the use of state-of-the-art techniques or products to creatively solve problems or provide long-term service.

The qualities that may represent outstanding achievement in this area include excellence in craftsmanship or execution of work, use of state of the art techniques or products to creatively solve problems or provide long-term service.

+ The Eric S. Kline Award
Work on the structure must have been completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This award was named in honor of the late Eric S. Kline, Executive Vice President with KTA-Tator, Inc. and SSPC Honorary Life Member in recognition of his leadership and tremendous support of SSPC and the coatings industry. It honors outstanding achievement in industrial coatings work performed in a fixed shop facility. The project can be repair work or new construction.

The qualities that may represent achievement may include the use of state-of-the-art techniques or special coatings, or work with complex structural components (e.g., large, very small, ornate, or intricate) exceptional color, gloss or texture of finish.

+ The George Campbell Award
Work on the structure must have been completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This award was named in honor of the late George Campbell, founder of Campbell Painting Company in New York. It honors outstanding achievement in the completion of a difficult or complex industrial or commercial coatings project.

The qualities that may represent achievement in a difficult or complex structure may include work occurring in harsh or extreme environmental conditions; work completed under strict time constraints, work done with limited access or in high traffic areas; work on a structure with complex structural components; or a project that requires coordination with multiple trades or subcontractors.

+ The Industry Spirit Award
This award is given in recognition of a coatings project that demonstrates extraordinary service benefitting a community or the industry. The qualities that may represent achievement may include coatings projects conducted for the purposes of humanitarian causes, non-profit work, community awareness, honoring military veterans, museums, education facilities, structures demonstrating appreciation or honor of volunteers, memorials, etc., or projects completed through volunteer efforts or, through donations of equipment, coatings or labor.
+ The Military Coatings Award This award is given in recognition of the exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures or facilities.

+ The William Johnson Award
Work on the structure must have been completed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. This award was named in honor of the late William Johnson, a consultant with KTA-Tator, Inc. whose work in coatings formulation, failure analysis, and surface preparation was instrumental in advancing the industry. It recognizes outstanding achievement demonstrating aesthetic merit in industrial or commercial coatings work.

The qualities that are considered for aesthetic merit include color, gloss or texture, or that the coating on the structure compliments the environment while enhancing the structure itself. The coating may represent a theme, an object or a specific graphic design.

Download the Structure Award Nomination form.
Complete submission forms and high-resolution photos of the project you are nominating can be submitted to Phil Hall via email at

Women in Coatings Impact Award

Recognizes women in the coatings industry who have contributed to creating a positive impact on the culture of the industry.
The recipient of the Women in Coatings Impact Award will be granted a complimentary full conference registration to Coatings+ 2021. The winner be acknowledged at the Awards Luncheon on Monday, February 1, and will be a key panel member at the Professional Development Panel on Wednesday, February 3. Both of these events are highlights of the annual conference and are considered prime networking functions.
Download the Women in Coatings Nomination form. Complete submission forms can be submitted to Christine Lajzo via email at

2020 Award winners

Housing for Coatings+ 2021 is now open!

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is the official Coatings+ Headquarters Hotel, with key social events being hosted at the opening and close of the week.

We also have a block of rooms at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown.

Both properties are two blocks from the Phoenix Convention Center, located at 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Please use the housing links below to make your reservations at the SSPC Group rate of $269/night plus applicable taxes.

If you need to book more than 10 rooms at a time, please contact the Events Manager for assistance.

Government rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the properties to secure your reservation at the prevailing federal per diem rates.

We encourage everyone to stay at the official Coatings+ hotels. SSPC is contractually obligated to guarantee a level of usage for the hotels and holds a financial responsibility to do so. Please help us fulfill our contract.


Unknown companies commonly referred to as “Pirates” may attempt to contact exhibitors and attendees falsely claiming to represent SSPC and/or Coatings+.

DO NOT make reservations through these unknown companies and especially do not provide any payment information. These rogue companies may charge your credit card for services not rendered.

SSPC is not affiliated with any third-party housing bureaus and will not be making phone calls offering additional discounts. All reservations should be made directly with the aforementioned Phoenix properties.

Should any of these “Pirates” contact you, please forward the information to SSPC.

Do I have to pre-register?2020-05-14T19:36:52+00:00

It is not mandatory, but the earlier you register, the more you save! Early Bird rates will open in early September 2020. Prices will then increase to pre-show rates, and then to onsite pricing beginning in December 2020.

Attendees can still register when they arrive onsite by visiting the registration desk.

Where is the event being held?2020-05-14T19:37:21+00:00

The majority of the conference will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, AZ. A few featured events, such as the Welcome Reception and Closing Blast will be held at the headquarters hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

Do I have to be a member of SSPC?2020-05-14T19:38:11+00:00

SSPC membership is not required, but it does save you money! You can sign up for membership at any time before you register for the conference. The full benefits of membership can be found at

Does my registration cover training courses?2020-05-14T19:39:51+00:00

No. While we attempt to offer all of our training and certification courses during the same week as the conference, those are considered separate registrations. Please contact Joe Corll with any questions. The conference training schedule will be made available by September 2020. All confirmed training students do receive complimentary passes to the Exhibit Hall to use at any time the hall is open. If you are registered for a training course, you also have the option to register for a full conference pass with a $100 training discount.

What is included with my registration?2020-05-14T19:40:29+00:00

There are a few different levels of registration:

  • Full conference registration includes access to any and all of the technical sessions, the exhibit hall, the Awards Luncheon, and other social events throughout the week.
  • Single day passes include all of the technical sessions, exhibits, and events being held on the particular day you register for.
  • Exhibit Hall only passes only give you access to the exhibit hall.

Registration does not include travel or lodging expenses.

Are meals included?2020-05-14T19:41:05+00:00

While there are plenty of dining options in the downtown area, close to the convention center and hotels, meals will be provided at select events throughout the week:


  • Full conference attendees will receive a plated lunch at the Awards Luncheon.
  • Hot hors d’oeuvres will be available at the Welcome Reception Monday evening.
  • Additional tickets to the Awards Luncheon and Welcome Reception can be purchased for guests or those with exhibit only passes.


  • A full breakfast will coincide with our keynote address Tuesday morning.

Wednesday and Thursday

  • Boxed lunches will be served in the Exhibit Hall Wednesday and Thursday afternoon for all full conference attendees and those with exhibit hall passes.
Whom do I contact for an international invitation letter?2020-05-14T19:41:59+00:00

Please contact Events Manager Nicole Lourette for an invitation letter.