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SURCAR History

SURCAR is the World class event for the Worldwide Car Body Finishing Community

Created for the first time in 1964, SURCAR has evolved from a two days Congress held every 2 years in the South of France to a Worldwide brand dedicated to the Automotive Body and Paint Finishing Industries with an event portfolio all over the world.

SURCAR Cannes Congress: A major Congress dedicated to automotive paint finishing since 1964

SURCAR Cannes gathers more than 250 delegates from the Car Body Surface Finishing Community at each edition of the Congress.

The Place where experts and all major decision makers meet every two years

Since it was founded in 1964, SURCAR quickly became the Bi-Annual meeting for both International Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers with their specialized Surface Treatment, Sealant, Paint Materials, Equipment and Facilities Suppliers. Every new edition of the SURCAR Congress allowed decision makers of the Paint Finishing Community to discover innovations presented by Top-level experts from all over the world.

The Program is carefully established with the Help of an International Technical Committee of Surface Finishing experts and focuses on Innovations of Paint Materials and Equipment, new Clean Technologies, Surface Treatment developments, Feedback and Benchmarking of Installations, Materials and Processes as well as latest steps taken to meet the Environmental Challenges.

2014: SURCAR moves to Asia!

The success of historical SURCAR Cannes led to the addition of a SURCAR Congress for Asia held every 18 months in Shanghai.

More than 250 delegates have attended the first 4 editions of SURCAR Shanghai Congress, which have become the annual leading Congress for Asian decision makers of the Automotive Body and Paint Finishing industry, offering major networking and business opportunities to the Asian Community.

2016: The development of new tailored events for the International Community

To keep Networking active in between two congresses, SURCAR launched in 2016 several Specific Workshops and an International AWARDS Event to reward noteworthy Projects and Processes, which gave Automotive OEM and their Suppliers useful opportunities to meet several times per year.

Professional and high-level Events. SURCAR is a very good platform for communicating, discussing and sharing experience and new Technologies in different fields such as Paint, Equipment and Process – Major Asian Automakers representative

2018: SURCAR expands to North America!

Following its successful events in Europe and in Asia, SURCAR expanded into the North American market by organizing its first congress in Detroit (MI, USA) in June 2018.

Over 200 highly qualified Automotive Experts came together to participate this milestone Event. 35 Speakers from US and World Car Manufacturing and Paint Material & Equipment supplier companies presented and debated about Paint appearance, Paintshop upgrades and trends, Paintshop development and environment, and Paintshop innovation.

Based on the SURCAR Congress Satisfaction Survey, 95%* of participants were very satisfied or satisfied with the event!

A regular gathering is now scheduled every year in June in DETROIT to keep the members connected in a meaningful way.

Great topic, great conference – Major American Automakers Representative


SURCAR Europe 2021

SURCAR Community brought finally back together 180 onsite and more than 350 online participant during the 2-day conference.

The theme of this 31st edition, “Global Car Painting trends, innovation and best practice: Three regions (EMEA, ASIA, AMERICAS), One Forum Discussions”, was carefully chosen by Committee to precisely mark the SURCAR spirit of global and sharing; it represented once again a great opportunity to renew and establish contacts in a rapidly changing Industry.


SURCAR Europe 2023

Back to a fully onsite edition, 250 SURCAR Community members gathered together for this 32nd edition.

This edition, Bridge to the Future Paint Shop, brought to the foreground four extremely pressing and strategical themes: Trend to Zero emission, Carry over of Solutions, How to use data, and Accelerating the Future of Paint Shop.