AFRICA’S MAJOR COATINGS TRADE SHOW POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Coatings for Africa 2020, the largest exhibition and symposium for the paint and coatings sectors in Africa, has been postponed until June 2 to 4 next year.

The biennial event, staged by dmg events, in partnership with the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) and The Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA), was scheduled to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 6 to 8 this year but the in view of Covid 19 restrictions on both mass gatherings as well as international travel, it was decided to postpone the event until next year. The venue will remain Sandton Convention Centre.

Over 1400 participants from 35 countries (including 12 from Africaattended Coatings for Africa 2018 where 32 industry experts addressed 210 conference delegates.

Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, said both SAPMA and OCCA are disappointed about the postponement of Coatings for Africa 2020 but felt it was undoubtedly the right decision in the interests of public safety. “Given more time to prepare and intent on boosting marketing after global lockdown losses, we can now expect an even bigger – if not record-breaking – Coatings for Africa show next year,” Spence stated.

The SAPMA annual general meeting on May 12 at 2pm would still be held but for this year it will be an online meeting (GoToMeeting) only, he added.