ECOAT 18, the main technical conference for electrocoaters, will be held next year in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The location is the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, and the dates are April 24-26, 2018. Presented by The Electrocoat Association and Products Finishing magazine, the objective of the conference is to support the expansion of electrocoat technology through the education of finishing industry personnel and those interested in the technology, both as a coating application and also a primer of choice for many other topcoat finishes. The event will feature technical presentations, concurrent workshop options, open-forum panel discussions, an exhibit room with tabletop displays, a hospitality evening, and an Industry Awards Luncheon. Organizers are seeking abstracts for the two-day conference program. Speaking opportunities include keynote addresses, general sessions, panel discussions, and focused workshops on relevant issues faced by today’s finishers. Suggested topics include: Part Design for Optimal Finish Performance; Considerations for Adding Electrocoat; Paint Types & Properties; Building Blocks of Successful Pretreatment; Best Practices for Improving Efficiency; Innovative Technology. ECOAT Conference attendees include business owners and executives, operations and finishing managers as well as end users and those considering adding electrocoat. Full conference registration is complimentary for speakers, and there is a 50 percent discount for co-presenters. If a written paper is selected as the top end-user submission, there is an award of airfare and up to three nights’ accommodation at Innisbrook. The deadline for submission of abstracts, which can be done online, is June 1.