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ICCG Conference: 9th edition in the Netherlands

The 9th International Conference on Coatings on Glass & Plastics (ICCG) will bring together more than 400 scientists, technologists, practitioners and managers from universities, research institutes, coating manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers.

The 9th International Conference on Coatings on Glass & Plastics (ICCG) will take place at the Chassé Theater in Breda, the Netherlands, on 24-28 June 2012. Organized by the ICCG International Organizing Committee, and local organizers TNO and Holst Centre, the conference brings together leaders in the science and industry of coatings on glass and plastics. Over 400 scientists, technologists, practitioners and managers from universities, research institutes, coating manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers and a wide range of user industries will attend to discuss the latest developments in the field. Topics on the programme include technologies such as ALD, roll-to-roll processing, inkjet printing and HIPIMS magnetron sputtering, and application areas such as photovoltaics, touch panels, solar protection and optical filters.
ICCG9 will follow a similar structure to the successful eight previous ICCG events. The conference will be divided into eight separate sessions:
1.    introductory session on the market for and business of coatings on glass and plastics;
2.    deposition technologies 1: pulsed plasma and ion sources in vacuum;
3.    deposition technologies 2: Wet-chemical and hybrid processes;
4.    deposition technologies 3: CVD, ALD and other emerging processes;
5.    process control methods, characterization and modelling;
6.    key technologies for displays, touch panels and flexible electronics;
7.    precision optics and other high-performance coatings; and
8.    solar, architectural, automotive and other applications.
Across these sessions, there will be more than 20 keynote and invited speakers, as well as contributed oral and poster presentations. Keynote speakers include:
•    Dr. Jonathan Melnick (Lux Research);
•    Dr. Guibert de Bonhome (AGC Glass);
•    Dr. Fred. van Milligen (JDSU);
•    Prof. Erhard Kemnitz (Humboldt-Universität Berlin and Nanofluor);
•    Dr. Timothy Nevitt (3M);
•    Dr. Ingo. B. Hagemann (Architekturbüro Hagemann);
•    Jorma Vitkala (chairman of GPD);
•    Dr. Kevin Sanderson (Pilkington).
There will also be a panel discussion on “How to realize novel concepts for transparent conducting coatings?” Attendees will also have opportunities for networking and to discuss the latest trends in research and applications.
Alongside the conference, there will also be a full technical trade exhibition, giving companies and organizations the opportunity to present their equipment, products and services. In addition, there are many possibilities for conference sponsorship, providing companies with maximum visibility to both key decision-makers and researchers who attend and participate in the 9th ICCG. Companies already registered for the exhibition or as sponsors include VON ARDENNE, AGC, Umicore Thin Film Products, JUST VACUUM, Smit Ovens, Vindico Surface Technologies, Perkin Elmer, OMT Solutions and many more
Further details, including a full programme, registration from and complete list of companies exhibiting at the trade fair, can be found at www.iccg9.eu.
Prior to the conference, there will be a short course of introductory lectures by renowned experts in the field. The course will cover the following topics:
•    touch panel developments and technologies;
•    process modelling;
•    basics, trends and developments in inkjet printing for coatings on glass and plastics;
•    HIPIMS;
•    ALD;
•    OLED.
After the conference, participants will have the opportunity one of the organizing institutes or companies: TNO in Eindhoven, Holst Centre at the High Tech Campus, Eindhoven or the co-organizer Smit Ovens in Son.
ICCG started in 1996, focussing initially on glass substrates only. As coated plastics grew in importance as alternatives to coated glass products, the conference successfully extended its scope in 2006. Today, the application of coatings to glass and plastics has become extremely important for large-area and/or high-volume products. Over the years, ICCG has been a very good indicator of the key topics in the industry.
Important subjects such as low-E glazing, photocatalytic coatings, electrochromic multilayer devices, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have been major highlights at earlier ICCG conferences and are still major topics on this year’s programme.

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