Organizers of the recent biennial American Coatings Show, held in mid-April at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis (pictured), say the fifth edition of the ACS was the most successful to date. The event attracted 559 exhibiting companies, using over 130,000 sq ft of space, and 9,100 registered visitors. “ACS 2016 exhibitors have indicated very positive experiences regarding new leads, and a record number of industry professionals are attending this year,” said Cheryl Matthews, vice-president, events and expositions, for the American Coatings Association. “We remain committed to our goal of bringing the industry a top-notch platform for business exchange, technological innovation and professional development. Our goal is to continuously increase the quality of the experience for both exhibitors and attendees.” The choice of Indianapolis, was, various exhibitors agreed, a popular one. “We were very pleased with the decision to have the show in Indianapolis,” said Gary Strauss, president of Micro Powders. “It’s an easy city to get around and close to major coatings markets. The event seemed to be well organized, especially registration and securing badges.” “The American Coatings Show was excellent, and Indianapolis was a fantastic location,” added Lauren Hultz, communications manager, North America, Clariant Corp. “Our team was pleased with the traffic on the show floor.” The show returns to Indianapolis in 2018.