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Memorandum of Collaboration


Coatings for Africa is THE major showcase for the southern African coatings market, and with a rich history of success, through its 50 year association with the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association (OCCA) and South African Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA), the event continues to provide an unrivalled opportunity for those looking to forge new friendships across the continent. With SAPMA members responsible for 90% of paints and coatings manufactured in South Africa alone, the two associations teamed up with DMG Events in 2018 to stage a truly international event which saw more than 1700 total attendance from 42 countries (12 from Africa). Six out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa and with rising prosperity and increased investment, both pan African and international, this is an unrivalled opportunity in a growing market for your business to share new ideas, be inspired, create cross-border business relationships and discover new revenue streams.

The largest dedicated coatings event in Africa, part of the DMG coatings portfolio, which includes the long running and well established Middle East Coatings Show, North African Coatings Congress, East African Coatings Congress amongst others, returns to Johannesburg to connect the entire paint and coatings value chain, from manufacturers, raw material/equipment suppliers to end users of the finished product.

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Innovation and education for success

Coatings for Africa connects the entire paint and coatings value chain, from raw material suppliers to end users of the finished product.
More than 1437 participants from 35 countries (including 12 from Africa) attended the last Coatings for Africa where industry experts addressed eager conference delegates.
We received overwhelming support from the industry with over 50 media, association and other organisations from across the continent partnering with us. There were 105 exhibiting companies displaying an array of products on the exhibition floor and 24 sponsors.

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Memorandum of Collaboration


Signing of the OCCA and SAPMA Collaboration Left Danny Grady of OCCA SA and right Terry Ashmore, SAPMA Chairman

This memorandum of collaboration is entered into and between the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association of South Africa (OCCA SA), whose registered offices is at 55 Beach Road, Strand, Cape Town, and the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA), whose registered office is at 16 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

OCCA SA and SAPMA are, respectively, the leading membership organisation and trade association within the South African Coatings Sector. Both organisations currently provide a range of technical, training and support activities across the Sector.

OCCA SA and SAPMA already collaborate between each other, and this Alliance is intended to capitalise upon these successful collaborations and benefit from each other’s specialised resources.

OCCA SA and SAPMA have identified the benefits of collaborating as a broader- based strategic alliance to enhance the relationship between each organisation and advance the capabilities and interests of each body.

OCCA SA and SAPMA will collaborate on multiple issues of mutual interest and benefit to their respective membership, customers, and other stakeholder communities.

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Coatings for Africa – where innovation meets business

Coatings for Africa sets out to drive innovation and education in line with the changing face of Africa’s growing paint and coatings industries.

The African coatings industry remains key to supporting the continent’s ever-growing development requirements. The future for the paint and coatings sector looks particularly promising, given the strong economic outlook, long-term demographic growth and rising urbanisation across Sub-Saharan Africa. Join us at our next conference so you do not miss out on the opportunity to hear from Africa’s most authoritative figures!

Recognising opportunities in South Africa and beyond, Coatings for Africa is creating a completely new experience. With a distinctly pan-African focus and a minimum of ten African countries represented, the event connects buyers and sellers from across Sub-Saharan Africa as well as globally.

About Coatings for Africa

  • Coatings for Africa reaches across global markets, connecting industries and enabling paint and coatings sector to grow and thrive.
  • With 10+ African countries represented, Coatings for Africa is the place where innovation meets business.
  • A 3-day conference programme connects the entire value chain, from raw material supplier to end users of paint and coatings products such as construction, infrastructure, industrial and automotive sectors.
  • The open exhibition with interactive zones for workshops and product demonstrations offers a great hands-on experience for all members of the industry free of charge and provides plenty of quality networking time.

Why attend?

The Coatings for Africa Symposium and Expo is the continent’s only dedicated coatings event focused on providing proactive strategies for improving the use and understanding of coatings technologies and emerging trends in the industry. The event brings together the value chain of Africa’s coatings industry, from raw material suppliers to end users and is the biggest showcase of coatings technology, paint and related products on the continent. Attendees can expect 120+ exhibitors, 25+ visionary speakers, 10+ African countries participating and 2000 participants.

  • Convenient and cost-effective: Meet the entire value chain and conclude several months of customer interaction in just a few days.
  • Innovative session formats: Expand your industry expertise with an innovative programme featuring international guest speakers and case studies.
  • Business and knowledge development: Acquire insights into new products and strategies that will help reduce costs, increase revenue and help you take advantage of new market opportunities.
  • All under one roof: Discover new applications for the entire spectrum of paint and coatings and how they apply to your business to effectively diversify your industry portfolio.
  • The right people: Meet the right people to help drive your business to the top of the ranks of the paint and coatings industries as you nurture key relationships in the industry and grow new relationships.
  • Accreditation and continuing education credits: The Coatings for Africa symposium will provide continuing professional development. New technologies and trends: Learn how to apply the latest techniques in paints and coatings to your projects for more durable structures with less environmental impact.
  • Get the full experience: By attending Coatings for Africa you will be a part of the most prestigious and influential week in the African construction industry.

Who should attend?

  • Additives
  • Binders
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Health and safety
  • Pigments
  • Raw materials
  • Solvents
  • Adhesives
  • Equipment parts
  • Fillers
  • Packaging
  • Polymers and resins
  • Sealants
  • Transport
  • Decorative and architectural – constructions, distributors, retailers
  • Transport, automotive and defence – OEM and refinishing
  • Infrastructure – civil infrastructure, mining, maintenance, oil and gas, rail
  • Industrial – can and coil
  • Heavy duty materials and machinery, maintenance, marine, wood
  • Printing and ink – printing houses, photocopier printers/dealer, media houses
  • Parastatals
  • Government
  • Academia