24 & 25 September 2024 Shanghai - China Asia - Congresses - Awards - Workshops

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.


The 2022 edition of SURCAR Shanghai was an unparalleled success, solidifying its position as a premier event in the automotive finishing industry. Held against the backdrop of Shanghai’s dynamic automotive landscape, the conference and exhibition brought together industry leaders, innovators, and experts to explore the latest advancements in car body painting, surface treatment, and finishing technologies. Attendees experienced an engaging program of discussions and an networking OEMs corner allowing them to stay at the forefront of this rapidly evolving sector. SURCAR Shanghai 2022 was not only a platform for knowledge exchange but also a testament to the enduring commitment of the automotive community to sustainability and quality in surface finishing.

SURCAR Asia 2022 Congress



Our 1ST HYBRID Technical Congress in Shanghai on Oct 2020 was successful, more than 450 onsite and online participants attended the 2-day full conference.

The main feedback and requests we received during and after the Events concerned the need keeping the industry moving forward, even more so during these difficult moments and to strengthen and build up our SURCAR Community Globally – ensuring the Technical and Networking interest of our 3 Events in Cannes, Shanghai and Detroit and encouraging Global communication between Committee Members and Participants around the World.

As SURCAR, we are now looking actively how to better serve our community and migrate with allied Technologies and Industries in this ever-changing environment.

SURCAR Asia 2020 Congress



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.

SURCAR Moves to US in 2018


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.

First SURCAR Asia Congress in 2014


A major Congress dedicated to automotive paint finishing since 1964.

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.


SURCAR Europe Congress in Cannes


SURCAR: Elevating Automotive Finishing Worldwide.