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

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.


The SURCAR Community consists of International Automotive OEMs and their main Paint Equipment and Material Suppliers specialized in Car Body Finishing Industry. 

The 2-yearly SURCAR Congress started in 1964 in Cannes in France. Following their request, the Community expanded to Asia in 2014 and North America in 2018. SURCAR Community members meet and interact with leaders and specialists from the main Auto OEMS, Sub-Assembly Suppliers, Specialized Project Management, Engineering, Paint Material and equipment Manufacturers.

Contacts are usually initiated during the congress and later kept connected by being an active member of the SURCAR Community.