For our 57th Annual SCANZ Convention next year in Christchurch we are heading back to the South Island. The theme this year is COATING RESILIENCE so the obvious location is Christchurch, a city that has shown itself to be uniquely resilient to all that has happened to it over the last decade. With an international airport in the city, this also makes it easier for both national and international speakers and delegates to easily attend.

The last few years we moved the convention dates to be the week prior to the SCAA Conference to entice more international speakers to come ‘Downunder’ to attend both events and this is exactly what has happened, so we are doing this again. We have also stayed with the Wednesday - Friday format, which has worked extremely well.

The SCANZ Convention brings together researchers, chemists, salespeople, manufacturers and academics from throughout New Zealand (and Australia), with approximately 80 delegates attending.

We hope to have technical papers that focus on the ‘Coatings Resilience’ theme that will include topics along focussing on new technologies, health & safety, sustainability and research & development.

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, including our Conference Dinner at the fantastic Cardboard Cathedral.

We are confident that the friendly, personal nature of the SCANZ convention provides an excellent opportunity for continued development and networking in the beautiful location of Christchurch.