Washington, DC -- The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) and the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) have signed an agreement proposing a merger of the two organisations.
As part of the proposed deal FSCT and NPCA will combine the International Coatings Expo (ICE) with the American Coatings Show and conference (ACS) to be held from 2-5 June 2008 in North Carolina. As a result ICE 2008, which was due to be held in Chicago, will be cancelled.
In addition, NPCA and FSCT will endorse and support the FSCT's international technology conference, FutureCoat!, which will "continue as the signature science and technology event for the industry and a forum for the FSCT's Annual Meeting," said NPCA, in a 5 Feb statement.
NPCA and FSCT will continue to operate as separate organisations and will be managed through a common governing structure.?