About OCCA

OCCA is a professional body, internationally recognised as one of the leading technical organisations for individuals from the coatings & allied sectors. It is a growing body of more than 800 members, which provides both locally-based networking potential and a much wider interaction opportunity with members from around the world.

SURFEX is organised by OCCA in recognition of the importance of keeping up to date with all aspects and developments relating to chemicals and raw materials, inks, resins, adhesives and sealants, protective coatings, paint application and surface preparation, corrosion and construction chemicals, test equipment and manufacturing plant.


Wednesday 8th July

Dan Clingerman – PPG Silica Products

“Silane-Modified Silicas as Functional Matting Agents”

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Wednesday 15th July

Michael Sommer – Gustav Grolman GmbH

“Plastics re-cycling vs. upcycling”

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Wednesday 22nd July

BASF Colors & Effects

“Inorganic Pigments”

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Wednesday 29th July

Joanne Mitchell – Sun Chemicals

“Compal range of aluminium pigments for water-based systems and powder coatings”

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Wednesday 5th August

Antonietta Schiro – Vinavil SpA

“Multifunctional nano-polymer emulsion for wood coatings”

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Wednesday 12th August

Colin Wakeford – X-Rite

“Cutting Edge Colour Matching Solutions for Paints & Plastics”

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Wednesday 19th August

Andre Bendo – BASF Colors & Effects

“Get the Royal Treatment – Next Generation Lumina® Royal Effect Pigments”

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Wednesday 26th August

Dr Ivan Viviani – Maflon SpA

“Maflon: Innovative Fluorinated Solutions”

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An evening of fun and relaxation…


The OCCA Surfex Charity Dinner will be held in the Banqueting Suite at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry at 7.00pm on Tuesday 8 June to co-incide with SURFEX 2021. Guests will enjoy a drinks reception and 3 course dinner, whilst also having the chance to ‘hedge their bets’ in the ever-popular ‘Fun Casino’. Musical entertainment will also be provided. There will, as always, be a charity cash raffle, with some exceptional prizes up for grabs.

Organisers Ann-Marie Etherington (Kaleidoscope Colours Ltd) and Nikki Davis (Stort Chemicals) commented “As in previous years, the emphasis will be on great food, good fun and relaxation, after a very busy day at the exhibition.”

Additionally, the organisers hope to raise significant funds for 4 nominated charities:
– Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
– Alzheimer’s Society
– British Heart Foundation
– Kidscan


Ann-Marie adds “It’s very satisfying to be able to provide a fun networking event for all our guests and to raise money for some fantastic causes all at the same time. It makes all the effort of organising the event so much more worthwhile”.

Tickets are now on sale, priced at £68.00 + VAT. Tables of 10, 11 & 12 places are also available to book.

All bookings should be made online by using the following link: www.occa.org.uk/events

Anyone wishing to get more involved in the organisation and sponsorship of the event is invited to contact: Ann-Marie Etherington – admin@occa.org.uk
Nikki Davis – nicola.davis@stortchemicals.co.uk

To book:
Website: www.occa.org.uk/events
Nikki Davis: +44 (0)1279 756736
Ann-Marie Etherington: +44 (0)7739 689710