The SCANZ 2017 Convention will be the 55th Annual Convention! What a fantastic milestone to reach.

This year's convention is being held on new days, and new dates. It is booked at the Napier Convention Centre at the new dates of Wednesday 30 August - Friday 1 September 2017. These dates are one week prior to the SCAA Convention, which will hopefully allow for more international speakers to attend both conferences.

The SCANZ Convention brings together researchers, chemists, sales people and manufacturers from throughout New Zealand, with approximately 80 delegates attending.

The 2017 year theme is ‘Our Blue Planet’. This fits nicely with New Zealand’s North Island coastal city, Napier, with its tree-lined waterfront promenade, Marine Parade and the Pania of the Reef statue.

We hope to have technical papers that focus on the ‘Our Blue Planet’ theme that will include topics like Globalisation, Natural Resources, Green Technology, Water Based Coatings and Research & Development projects.

As well as the more technical papers, we also look forward to more generic papers from some leading innovators, as well as more topical papers on new regulations that apply to our industry. Finally, we also have a fantastic social programme that allows for networking opportunities throughout the event.

The SCANZ Conventions have a reputation for being friendly and relaxed, with strong technical papers. We encourage you to have a look at what's coming up, and keep those dates open for another fantastic feature filled event.

Kind regards

Jacqueline Hickman, Penny Meads, Dave Perano and Donna Vincent
SCANZ Sponsorship Convenor