OCCA Weekly Webinars – Inform, Inspire & Involve

OCCA Weekly Webinars – Inform, Inspire & Involve

In May OCCA successfully launched a series of ‘Weekly Webinars’, to coincide with ‘Learning at Work’ week. We collaborated with the Surfex Team for the third webinar in the series with an audience that included our members and the exhibition visitors.

A fantastic programme of technical presentations has been designed to inform, inspire and involve our members all around the world.

Our Corporate Sponsors and leading figures in the coatings industry will present on a range of topics all related to the coatings industry.  At the end of each webinar, there is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  The webinar presenter, supported by a panel of industry experts, will address all technical enquiries.  This is a great opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the latest innovations in our industry.

What does it entail?

We meet weekly on Zoom, at 2.30 pm BST on Wednesday afternoon.  OCCA hosts the 30-40 min ‘live’ webinar followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Series 1 webinars – a programme of 15 webinars in total – will run throughout June, July & August.  We will then review feedback from participants and design Series 2 to run throughout October, November & December 2020.

How can people participate?

The webinars are available to all OCCA members, Corporate Sponsors and students & staff from our recognised Educational Partners.

During the initial period of lock-down, non-members have been offered the unique chance to participate in the first six sessions, up to the end of June.  Beyond this, individuals are being offered the opportunity to sign up for membership of the Association, at a special reduced rate for the remainder of 2020. This will enable them to register for all 15 webinars in Series 1.

Missed a webinar?

Copies of each presentation are available to download via the Members’ Area of the OCCA website.  Additionally, all sessions have been recorded and made available for download upon request by webinar attendees.

Would you like to present a webinar or join a discussion panel?

If you have research that is relevant to the coatings industry and would like to share and debate with our members;  or you are an industry expert and would be willing to contribute to the panel please contact: admin@occa.org.uk

How do people register?

Register online for attendance at any or all of the scheduled sessions via our Events section on our website: www.occa.org.uk/events

You will be sent a secure link to the session and a reminder for your calendar.  Once the session has started you may type questions for the presenter and panel to answer at the end of the presentation.

Series 1 Webinars

Thursday 21st May 2020

Graham Armstrong, OCCA President

OCCA Weekly Webinar – “Inspiring Colourful Futures……Why do we use paint?”


Wednesday 27th May 2020

Markus Vogel, Evonik

“A new silica particle technology to improve the durability of architectural coatings”


Wednesday 10th June

Dr Lucas Zimmerman – ICL Phosphate Specialty

“A new revolutionary scratch resistance additive to increase the durability of waterborne wood coatings”


Wednesday 17th June

Ulf Moebius and Stephen Gilligan  – BASF Colors & Effects

“Reach out to the future:  Xfast® Easy Color”


Wednesday 24th June

Ed Rushworth – Blackburn Chemicals

“Dispelair CF 604: New deaeration additive for spray applied coatings”


Wednesday 1st July

Jorn Renema – BASF Formulation Additives

“Block copolymers as coatings additives”


Wednesday 8th July

Dan Clingerman – PPG Silica Products

“Silane-Modified Silicas as Functional Matting Agents”


Wednesday 15th July

Michael Sommer – Gustav Grolman GmbH

“Plastics re-cycling vs. upcucling”


Wednesday 22nd July

BASF Colors & Effects

“Inorganic Pigments”


Wednesday 29th July

Joanne Mitchell – Sun Chemicals

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


Planned future webinars

We are finalising our programme for August and will publish details in due course.

Weekly updates with information about the programme of confirmed speakers and topics can be found on our website and social media pages: