Overview

The Surface Coatings Association Australia Inc. (SCAA) is a not-for-profit membership organization which aims to further the understanding and development of the technology of Surface Coatings in Australia.

To achieve this aim, it brings together individual members who are involved in the supply of raw materials and the end users of these materials in the manufacture of paint, printing ink, and adhesives.

  • SCAA is not an industry body but is made up of individual members from within these industries.
  • Currently, the Association has a membership of 700 nationally as well as a number of members from the Asia Pacific region.
  • An important aim of the Association is to promote education in the technical aspects of surface coatings. This is approached in a number of ways:
  • The Association is run by a National Council which is comprised of a National Executive and State run Sections based in the mainland capital cities. These Sections arrange meetings and seminars throughout the year where members can meet and discuss all aspects of the industry.
  • SCAA has established ties with related associations overseas through its membership of Coatings Societies International (CSI) which includes delegates from associations of coating technologists from the U.S.A. (FSCT), United Kingdom (OCCA), Europe (FATIPEC), Scandinavia (SLF), Japan (JSCM), New Zealand (SCANZ), Argentina (SATER) and Venezuela (STAR), join with SCAA to make up this body. The CSI members bring to one table a single voice in coatings technology affairs in the international marketplace.
  • The Association’s activities include both educational and social functions. Each State Section has its own committee and is responsible for the management of operations and activities within the Section. Look under "SECTIONS" for more information.

History

imageThe forerunner to SCAA, the Oil and Colour Chemists Association Australia (OCCAA), started in Australia in 1968, after previously establishing branches of the U.K. Oil and Colour Chemists Association. In 1990 the change of name to Surface Coatings Association Australia Inc. was implemented to describe more accurately the diverse interests and activities of the members. This table shows a timeline of important events in the history of the assocaition:

1918

Oil & Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) formed in London UK.

1918 - 1946

Australian participants in the Coatings industries became "Overseas" members of OCCA

1945

A.R. Penfold presented petition to Council of OCCA on for the formation of an Australian Section

1946

Australian Section of OCCA formed. Based in Sydney, with branches in NSW and Victoria.

1951

South Australian Branch formed

1952

"OCCA Review" newsletter published by NSW Branch

1953

State branches became individual Section of OCCA

Victorian Branch publishes "Victorian OCCA News"

1956

Victorian Branch commences delivery of Paint Technology course under the supervision of London based "City & Guilds".

1957

Queensland Branch of the NSW Section formed in Brisbane

1958

NSW Section hosts Technical Exhibition

1959

Inaugural Australian Convention held at Leura, NSW

Queensland Branch becomes a Section of OCCA in its own right

Western Australian members form a branch of South Australian Section

1959 - 1960

Australian Sections united under an Australian Federal Committee

1960

Second Australian Convention held at Warburton, Victoria

Inaugural meeting of Australain Federal Committee

1962

Western Australian Branch accepts "Section" status

1964

Australian OCCA "Proceedings and News" first published - replaced Victorian OCCA News

1968

OCCA Australia (OCCAA) established as an independant Association

1974

"Surface Coatings - A Complete Handbook of Paint Technology" published by OCCAA, the APMF and NSW University Press

1983 - 1984

Surface Coatings - 2nd Edition published as a 2 volume set

1984

"Proceedings and News" renamed "Surface Coatings Australia"

1986

Incorporated under Associations Incorporation Act of South Australia

1990

OCCA Australia name changed to Surface Coatings Association Australia